SERVICE DOGS MEET MANY NEEDS
A Service Dog is defined as an animal trained to provide vital support and assistance to an individual with a disability. In this context disability is broadly defined to include physical, sensory, psychiatric or other debilitating mental conditions. Service Dogs perform a number of different tasks, depending on an individual's specific needs and requirements. Recent research indicates that the use of a Service Dog for individuals with various types of disabilities has many possible benefits. To find out if a Service Dog is the right answer for you, please contact us.
A Service Dog offers a number of benefits for a disabled individual, including proven physiological and psychosocial improvements. As part of a treatment plan, a dog can assist with a number of tasks for individuals with mobility deficits, as well as other specialized functions. Moreover, it acts as a social ice breaker bridging the gap between people with disabilities and their communities. For our clients, a dog also provides a measure of personal safety, independence and freedom - the opportunity to live life to its fullest extent.
Who Could Benefit From The Use of a Service Dog?
Service Dogs can be used to assist individuals with a number of different conditions, including (but not limited to):
Research indicates that the use of a Service Dog has many positive benefits.
Legislation Governing the Use of A Service Dog
The legal rights of individuals using a Service Dog are protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This legislation establishes a duty to accommodate individuals with a disability. Moreover, there are provincial and territorial Legislative Acts that guarantee access to public places for people with a disability using a Service Dog.