Dog Guide Progams
Provided by: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
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 a facility for 2 – 4 weeks. This helps to ensure that the new working team develops a bond and prepares them for returning home.
- Canine Vision – for people (12+ years of age) who are blind or visually impaired
- Heaing – for people (10+ 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 (10+ years of age) who have a pysical or medical disability
- Seizure Response – for people (10+ years of age) who have epilepsy
- Diabetic Alert – for people (10+ years of age) who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
- Facility Support – for professional agencies assisting individuals in traumatic situations.
Canine Vision - for people (12+ years of age) who are blind or visually impaired
Heaing - for people (10+ 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 (10+ years of age) who have a pysical or medical disability
Seizure Response - for people (10+ years of age) who have epilepsy
Diabetic Alert - for people (10+ years of age) who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
Facility Support - for professional agencies assisting individuals in traumatic situations.
1, When an applicant sends in their completed application, it is reviewed by the Client Services team to ensure that it meets the basic criteria. They will hear from Client Services within the next few weeks regarding next steps.
2. One of the instructors will perform an in home assessment. This step can happen at any time in the waiting process, depending on where the applicant is on the waitlist and when an instructor will be in their area.
3.The file is brought forward to the Acceptance Committee. The applicant is then told in writing whether their application is accepted or denied.
4. If accepted, the client will then need to wait until they make their way up the waitlist and a suitable dog match is found.
5. When a dog match is found, the client will be invited to the next scheduled class. They would stay at our facility for a specific period of time, depending on the program, while they are trained with their new Dog Guide. Canine Vision, Service, Seizure Response and Diabetic Alert are all 3 weeks long, Hearing is 2.5 weeks and Autism Assistance is 10 days. There are hotel style rooms and cooks on staff, all provided at no cost. Transportation is also arranged for those not within driving distance.
6. Upon successful completion of the training program, the client and dog guide would graduate as a working team.
7. When a client goes home with their dog guide, instructors continue to provide follow up support throughout the working life of the dog. Follow up includes periodic visits to the client’s home, as well as, yearly communication through phone or email.
Email for needed documentation.
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.
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
152 Wilson Street
Oakville ON L6K 0G6
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