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Remembrance Day

Posted by on 11 11, 2013 | 0 comments

On this day we remember the millions of men and woman who gave their lives in behalf of their country. As a Service Dog organization, we also remember the thousands of Service Dogs who served in both the First and Second World Wars. Dogs were used in a variety of ways including roles as sentry dogs, scout dogs, messenger dogs and casualty dogs. Casualty Dogs were trained to find wounded and dying soldiers on battlefields and were equipped...

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The Public Access Test

Posted by on 08 9, 2012 | 0 comments

ADI states that for dogs to be certified for access to public places like shopping malls, movie theaters and public pools, they must pass a standardized test. This test is called the Public Access Test (PAT) and is administered by a staff member of the assistance dog organization. Every type of service dog is put through this test if they are being used in the public and the organization training the dog is ADI accredited. National Service Dogs...

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Accessibility Laws

Posted by on 08 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Canadian accessibility laws for assistance dogs and their handlers differ from province to province. A complete list of these laws can be found at www.nsd.on.ca/about/legislation. Although the roles of assistance dogs have evolved quite a bit, the laws and people’s perceptions have been slow to follow. For instance, although National Service Dogs has been training and placing dogs for over 15 years, our Certified Service Dog Program is still...

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