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Minister Fantino announces Service Dogs pilot project to support Veterans with PTSD. Learn more HERE.read more
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 with medical supplies to aid those suffering. The most decorated and highly-ranked Service Dog in...read more
It’s not too early to start planning for NSD’s most anticipated event, our Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs! The Hunt is hosted every Good Friday in eight Canadian cities: Brampton, Calgary, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Oakville, St. Catharines, and Windsor. The 2017 hunt will take place Friday, April 14, 2017 – Mark your calendars! Visit NSD’s Easter Egg Hunt event page for details.read more
All parties having an interest in the business of National Service Dogs are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. A tour and refreshments will be provided on June 11th from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please come out and join us.read more
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 puts every dog through this test and bases much of their training on the skills the dog must have to...read more
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 seen as a new program by government standards and is not recognized in a lot of the legislation....read more
There are many types of assistance dogs being used worldwide. The determining factor in which type of service dog used is the disability the recipient has. There are three types of assistance dogs: guide dogs, hearing dogs, and service dogs. This last category is where National Service Dogs fits in, as you could probably tell from our name! Guide Dogs are used by individuals with visual impairments. They help their handler by avoiding obstacles, navigating steps and curbs, and avoiding traffic and dangerous situations. Guide dogs wear a...read more