Where to Obtain a Service Dog in British Columbia

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Accredited Service Dog Training Schools in BC

There are two accredited schools in BC:

ABOUT BC & ALBERTA GUIDE DOG SERVICES

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind/visually-impaired, and Autism Support Dogs for children with moderate to profound autism aged 3-10  and their families. It takes two years and upwards of $35,000 to produce one certified dog, provided free of charge to the recipient.

Other Dog Training Schools BC & Canada-wide

Option #1: Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) is a national, non-profit, registered, charitable organization that was founded in 1984. The mission statement is:

“To assist visually-impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs.”

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind accepts applications from Canadian citizens or residents of Canada who are visually-impaired.

Option #2: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Lions Foundation of Canada trains Dog Guides and assist Canadians with a wide range of disabilities. With six programs in place, Canadians with disabilities are offered the opportunity to find greater independence, mobility and safety through the help of a Dog Guide.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides options include:

Canine Vision for people who are blind or visually impaired
Hearing Ear for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
Autism Assistance for children who have autism spectrum disorder
Service for people who have a physical disability
Seizure Response for people who have epilepsy
Diabetic Alert for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness

Option #3: National Service Dogs Training Centre

Our VISION is to be Canada’s premiere service dog provider, pioneering change in the lives of Canadians benefiting from our services.

Our MISSION is to empower people to achieve their full potential with strategically trained and certified service dogs, catalysts for restorative change.

By Sam Amy Nelson

Sam Amy Nelson (she/her) is an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health.