Providing Dog Guides to Canadians with Disabilities
Service
Since the introduction of the Service (formerly known as Special Skills) program in 1991, people 10 years of age or older with physical or medical disabilities have discovered a renewed sense of safety and independence through the use of one of these Dog Guides.

On a daily basis, Service Dog Guides help their handlers retrieve objects, open and close appliances, and open and close doors. These Dog Guides are also trained to bark or activate an alert system when help is needed.

Their ability to perform such a wide range of tasks puts Service Dog Guides in high demand and has proven them to be a vital aid for many individuals.

Please Note

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we are currently unable to train Dog Guide teams.  Not being able to train new teams has led to a large backlog in clients on our waiting list for all 7 programs, and significantly increased the associated wait times.  We have therefore made the difficult decision to temporarily not accept any new applications for our Dog Guides in all the programs.  As soon as we are able to start training teams and catch up with the applicants currently on our wait list, we will reopen our application process for new applicants, please check back on this web page for updates. 

We will however continue to take re-applications from our successor clients who have had a previous Dog Guide from us, please e-mail Dorothy (dwildhagen@dogguides.com) for all needed documentation.