At a minimum, the candidate and service dog-in-training train and pass basic obedience. (Members of the CVSDU are encouraged and given the opportunity to train and pass advanced obedience with their service dog).
The candidate and service dog-in-training successfully complete public access training.
The candidate and service dog-in-training successfully pass the “BC Guide Dog and Service Dog Assessment”
Once a team (a handler and service dog) is qualified they will continue to maintain and strengthen their skills by participating in the CVSDU all members monthly training event.
Every other year each team is re-evaluated and expected to pass the“BC Guide Dog and Service Dog Assessment,” in order to maintain their standing as a qualified service dog team.
We are currently seeking juvenile-age dogs (1 to 3 years old) who need a new home and who might be suitable candidates for our Service Dog program. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact our Head Trainer at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will contact you regarding your dog’s suitability. Please note that we’re only accepting dogs located in the vicinity of the Ottawa–Gatineau region
Currently we have four trainers in the unit and seven members on the board of directors. We conduct monthly training for the members and provide continued support for our teams.