MEDFORD - Dogs in Medford are helping people with disabilities regain their independence.

Canine Companions for Independence in Medford gave News 12 an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how exceptional dogs are matched up with students and then trained to live a life of service.

Students waited almost two years on a long candidate list to get partnered with a dog. Then, they lived with their dogs in dorms for two weeks during an intense boot camp training.

The service dogs learned up to 50 commands.

Students and their obedient four-legged friends graduated after the two-week training session.

Canine Companions for Independence doesn't charge for the dogs, training or follow-up classes.

For more on the dogs, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.