SOURCE: Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence

October 30, 2014 16:15 ET

New Leader for North America Assistance Dog Organizations

Canine Companions' Paul Mundell Named President of Assistance Dogs International

SANTA ROSA, CA--(Marketwired - October 30, 2014) - Assistance Dogs International, an association of non-profit assistance dog organizations, announced a new president for its North American organization. Paul Mundell, national director of canine programs at Canine Companions for Independence, takes over the helm to guide the coalition that provides education about assistance dogs, advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with assistance dogs, and sets standards and guidelines for assistance dog training. 

"I'm pleased to assist the members of Assistance Dogs International in increasing public education and strengthening their organizations' skills and standards in order to provide people with disabilities a highly-trained assistance dog," states Mundell.

Paul has made far-reaching and critically important contributions to the profile of the ideal Canine Companions assistance dog, and is today a nationally and internationally recognized authority in the field of canine genetics and behavior. Paul's particular focuses include breeding and selection, training and behavior, and developing and improving the puppy raising program.

Additionally, Paul is a consultant for the United States Marine Corps, assisting to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices. He's developed partnerships, agreements and collaborations with a variety of organizations that assist in the development of the canine program, including the Department of Veteran's Affairs, Duke University Canine Cognition Center, Eukanuba Dog Foods, The Buck Institute, Emory University, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M University. Paul joined Canine Companions for Independence in 1989 as an instructor in the Northeast Region after studying at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg in Germany. 

Canine Companions has placed over 4500 assistance dogs with people with disabilities since 1975. The dogs are trained by professional instructors who undergo three to five years of training in an apprenticeship program prior to becoming a fully certified instructor. Canine Companions combines various environmental enrichments with proven and evolving training techniques to ensure that the dogs are happy, reliable and responsive workers. To learn more, visit

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including California, Florida, Ohio, New York and Texas. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit

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    Jeanine Konopelski
    Canine Companions for Independence