At least once a week we like to venture out to a new walking spot. Sometimes we make it a day-trip to explore new communities. Other times we take a mini exploration in our own community. We explored a new uncharted bike path (for us anyways) last summer in Oshawa.
Autism Dog Services is a non-profit organization located in Southern Ontario. ADS is led by Wade Beattie, one of the world's leading autism service dog trainers. With over 20 years of experience, Wade is one of Canada's most respected guide dog and service dog trainers.The dogs are raised in volunteer foster homes where the dogs are socialized to all sorts of stimuli. It's important these service dogs behave under all sorts of distractions; traffic, different people, noise, other animals and new surroundings.
It can take time to find the right dog for an autistic child and ensure the dog is also the right fit for the family unit too. Once that perfect match is made, training continues with weekly lessons in the home and at a mall location. Assistance Dogs International has 10 requirements a service dog must obtain to be considered qualified to serve. It is an intensive training program that requires a special dog to pass. The freedom these children gain because of the service these wonderful dogs are trained to perform is remarkable.
Canada Service Dog Information
Assistance Dogs International
~ Ramblings by Debbie