Since June of 2015 The Ministry of Veterans Affairs and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) have been in development of a national service dog standard. We are proud to be a member of the Canadian Standards Council involved in this endeavour and are concentrating on our dogs being well trained and able to complete any international test in the future.
Our training standards are amongst the most intense in Canada, as our reputation is based upon our dogs being dependable and well trained. Our dogs must complete basic and advanced obedience, desensitization, task and public access before we will allow them to attempt certification. We regularily introduce our dogs to other livestock to ensure they have no prey drive and can ignore other animals. We also have developed a mandatory school certification program for all our dogs attending any elementary institution.
Finally, we do NOT use or believe in harsh training methods or train cookie cutter dogs. All our clients are individuals with vastly different needs, thus our service dogs are trained according to each individuals needs. This means one on one training which is more time consuming that other organizations, but also means better trained dogs. This is why we have limited openings each year and often have a waiting list.