|Barked: Thu Aug 19, '10 8:57pm PST |
|Despite what this lady actually told you, it is illegal to have an uncertified service dog in Canada. You will not find anyone to train a psychiatric service dog for you in Alberta or even Ontario (I have been looking for years, only found one place, and was scammed out of 5000$ by Thames Centre Service Dogs, so please if you come across them, run for your LIFE). I do know of one place in BC that trains PSDs but I forget the name. You CAN find any dog trainer or veterinarian who is certified to train service dogs, worked for an organization in the past, etc. who may train a dog for you for a price. You cannot "owner train" as trainers in Canada do undergo testing to become certified Service Dog trainers or testers. So in fact, it is not the dog really who is certified, it is their trainer. I encourage you to search your area for a trainer qualified to train service dogs. Email everyone, including people in the US. My partner is currently working with an agency in the US to receive an Allergy Alert service dog who is trained to search out peanuts. Canada has stricter laws, the kind I see many people from the US in this forum praying for, about PSDs. You have to have Proof of Disability to receive a service dog from an agency or trainer in Canada. If you do not have proof of disability (ODSP pay stub, not a Doctors note saying he approves a dog but a legitimate letter stating your disability and how it impacts your daily life) , and you use a service dog anyway you can be charged for fraud.
I am not questioning your disability, just letting you know what the laws require in Canada for you to work with a service dog. And know that its a VERY long process - I've been at this three years and will have to wait another 12-34 more months for my dog to go through training.
Don't believe anyone who tells you that you can owner train a dog in Canada - they're usually misguided, confused between ADA (American's Disabilitys Act) and whatever act our individual provinces enforce (Ontario's isthe AODA - theres where the confusion happens ADA vs AODA)
If you inquire into services here in Canada and you cannot seem to qualify, look to the US. They're a bit ahead of us as far as variety of service dogs which is unfortunate for us, but on the good side we are protected by much stronger laws than they are. There are no "Fakers" here, because it's just too easy to clear yourself if youre legit and impossible if you're not.
Best of luck!
Edited by author Sun Feb 12, '12 10:43am PST
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