SERVICE DOG CERTIFICATION
A Service Dog needs to meet very high standards in order for an individual affected with PTSD to depend on it at all times. One of the most common misconceptions about Service Dogs is that they need to be 'certified' in order for an individual with a diagnosed condition to access a public place with his/her canine companion. However, access depends on the needs of the individual, not on the capabilities of the Service Dog.
Currently, there is not an official certification program in Canada for Service Dogs or any independent testing agency. There are a number of organizations that claim to provide 'certified' Service Dogs, but these dogs have not passed any independent testing by a nationally approved testing agency. These organizations rely on their own standards, or the minimum standards for a Service Dog established by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) - a collaboration of not-for-profit organizations*. In Canis Speramus' performance standards far exceeds these - we have 25 years of experience training elite working dogs and an established reputation.
* In order to become a member of ADI, a business has to be not-for-profit. Hence, In Canis Speramus does not qualify for membership even though our performance standards for a Service Dog far exceeds those established by ADI.