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Dog Guide Programs

Provided by: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Service Description

Provides trained dog guides for people living with disabilities.

  • Canine Vision – for people (14+ years of age) who are blind or visually impaired
  • Hearing – for people (16+ years of age) who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Autism Assistance – for children (3 – 12 years of age) who have autism spectrum disorder
  • Service – for people (14+ years of age) who have a pysical or medical disability
  • Seizure Response – for people (16+ years of age) who have epilepsy
  • Diabetes Alert – for people (16+ years of age) who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.

Dog guides are trained to perform a set of basic skills that are useful to all handlers (specific training depending on needs of handler). In the final stage of training, the client and dog guides train and live together at the Training Facility in Oakville, Ontario, for 2 – 4 weeks. This helps to ensure that the new working team develops a bond and prepares them for returning home.

To be informed of when applications to get a dog are open, check the Dog Guides website or sign-up for the monthly newsletter.

Eligibility

Canine Vision - for people (14+ years of age) who are blind or visually impaired
Hearing - for people (16+ years of age) who are deaf or hard of hearing
Autism Assistance - for children (3 - 12 years of age) who have autism spectrum disorder
Service - for people (14+ years of age) who have a pysical or medical disability
Seizure Response - for people (16+ years of age) who have epilepsy
Diabetes Alert - for people (16+ years of age) who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. Eligibility may vary according to the program. Visit the website for complete information.

Application Process

1. Expression of interest - when the waitlist is open, the applicant completes the interest of application questionnaire. Applicants are screened and those invited to apply will be notified.

2. Applicant must send a complete detailed application form, supported by information from healthcare providers.

3 - In-home visit.

4 - Dog and client matching.

5 On-site training - Training Facility in Oakville, Ontario:



• Canine Vision, Service, Seizure Response and Diabetes Alert training - 3 weeks

• Hearing - 2.5 weeks

• Autism Assistance - 10 days



The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides covers the cost of travelling and staying in Oakville.

Documents Required

Documents required vary according to the program. Visit the website for complete documents list for each program.

Fees

No cost for the dog until it is in the client's care at which time they are responsible for the ongoing costs such as food and veterinary care.

Fax: 1-905-842-3373

TTY: 1-905-842-1585

Toll-Free: 1-800-768-3030

Service Website

www.dogguides.com/get-a-dog-guide

Facebook

www.facebook.com/LFCDogGuides

Twitter

www.twitter.com/LFCDogGuides

Instagram

www.instagram.com/lfcdogguides

Email

info@dogguides.com

Coverage Area

Saskatchewan, Canada

Languages Offered

English

Administration Staff Offices

Address

46 John Street
Oakville ON  L6K 1G8

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Mailing Address

152 Wilson Street
Oakville ON  L6K 0G6

Location Info

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