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Service Dogs
Service Dogs

Service Dogs

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PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders

Organizations that can assist you in finding out more about service dogs for those with PTSD.
Please note that we do not have personal experience with all these organizations so we cannot recommend them to you.
Please conduct your own research.
What support does a service dog provide? What makes a service dog different? What are the requirements for a service dog? Findout
Watch a Service Dog Calm a Veteran with PTSD
VAC Responds Psychiatric service dogs for Veterans

Read article for clarification of information provided by Halifax reporter Molly Segal in a CBC radio broadcast on March 12, 2015.

Lynne Rusk B Sc, Ret PC(12)

Where and How to Obtain a Service Dog

CFAS receives ongoing calls about where to obtain a service dog, how to certify a pet as a service dog, how to train a service dog, and how much does it cost to get a service dog. Most service dog organizations have waiting lists and not all organizations train service dogs for every kind of disability.

First things first, there is no process for certifying a pet as a service dog. Service dogs are specially trained to support people living with visible and invisible disabilities in order to lead meaningful lives, and to participate in an inclusive society. There can be serious repercussions for passing a pet off as a trained service dog, as well as public safety concerns if the dog is not properly selected, socialized, and trained. As such, the following information is meant to provide some general guidance concerning service dogs. See more

National Standards of Canada

The Development of a National Standard of Canada for Service Dogs is long overdue. CFAS is pleased to announce that this gap is finally going to be addressed. It took over 20 years to raise awareness, while promoting viable solutions, finally someone listened.

Consumers are vital contributors to Canadian standardization. They help ensure that the products and services that are manufactured, imported and sold in Canada are as safe as possible. Feedback from consumers provides an important perspective on consumer interests to the standards community. This input is actively solicited and greatly valued.Consumer feedback provides much-needed information from Canadians about the products and services that they use every day. Input from consumers contributes to the integrity of Canada’s standardization system and its efforts to preserve the safety and well-being of the nation, its citizens and the environment.

The Standards Council coordinates Canada’s standards activities through a vast standardization network, which comprises organizations and individuals involved in voluntary standards development, promotion and implementation in Canada. Stakeholders within the network include representatives from business and industry, government, as well as consumers.

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To request a copy of the draft standard and comment form please call the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) at 819-956-0425 or 1-800-665-2472, fax at 819-956-5740 or send an e-mail to

The HTML links of the draft standard are enclosed for your convenience.



Should you have any questions regarding this process, or require assistance with respect to reviewing and commenting on the draft standard, kindly contact the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) at 819-956-0425 or 1-800-665-2472, fax at 819-956-5740 or send an e-mail to

Service dog users are protected by law to have their service dog accompany them in public places under the following provincial laws.

Assistance Dogs for All (AD4A)

Canadian Service Dog Foundation

Canine Support Services

Providing Service Dogs, including those specialized in PTSD and other mental health issues. Self training programs or fully trained dogs possible.

Centurion K9

CENTURION K9 rescues dogs from kill shelters and then train them to become service dogs to police officers and soldiers suffering from PTSD.

Citadel Canine Society- Located in British Columbia

Mission statement:
1. We often use rescue dogs saved from animal shelters, that otherwise might not have a very promising future, and,
2. We train and test these dogs, following strict and proven protocols, and then provide service or companion dogs at no charge to new veterans, police officers and we also provide them to children.

Cope Service Dogs

PTSD Service Dog support for those not a veteran or first responder

National Service Dogs

Paws Fur Thought