National Service Dogs

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National Service Dogs at Muddy Paws Wine Festival

In 1996, National Service Dogs pioneered the program of breeding, training and placing certified service dogs with children with autism. Since then, NSD has graduated over 350 Certified Service Dog Teams, helped many service dog organizations around the world start their own autism programs, and has started three new programs: Certified Service Dogs for PTSD, Canine Assisted Intervention and Companion Dog Services.

Certified Service Dog for Autism:

From the beginning, National Service Dogs has been training Labrador and Golden Retrievers to assist children and families living with Autism. Our dogs increase safety levels and alleviate the bolting behaviours common in children with autism by acting as an anchor when tethered to the child. We are proud to be the first school in the world to provide this service to families with children with autism. Visit the program page for more information.

Certified Service Dogs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

In 2011, NSD launched the Service Dogs for PTSD Program to assist veterans with long term post traumatic stress disorder which made us the first accredited service dog organization in Canada to have a program of this kind. Long time Puppy Raiser and former NSD Volunteer Coordinator, Mara Engel, researched and developed a comprehensive program to help veterans deal with the issues surrounding hyper vigilance, anxiety and transitioning into mainstream society. In 2013 NSD opened the program to first responders with PTSD. Visit the program page for more information.

Canine Assisted Intervention:

National Service Dogs’ first Canine Assisted Intervention (CAI) Dog was placed in 2013, making NSD’s Canine Assisted Intervention Program the first CAI program in Ontario, and one of only three in Canada. The dogs are matched with professionals from a variety of disciplines to work as partners in their therapy, to address Health and Wellness in our community. Visit the program page for more information.

Companion Dog Services:

National Service Dogs recognizes the special bonds that develop between pet dogs and their families. As a result, our Companion Dog Program was founded in 2002 and was formalized in 2009. These dogs are placed with children with various disabilities, and do not have public access or any specific skills training aside from basic obedience. The Companion Dog Program has been instrumental in increasing our ability to assist more families in need and has allowed us to utilize over 90% of our dogs. Visit the program page for more information.

For more information, visit the National Service Dogs website.

National Service Dogs
National Service Dogs May 16, 2016

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