Here are some questions that are typically asked to us and may the answer your question.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit?

    CVDSU is a membership based, veteran operated registered charity.  Our mission is to provide trained service dogs, free of charge, to veterans or first responders, who have served and are suffering from PTSD. 


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  2. What PTSD stand for?

    PTSD is an acronym for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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  3. Who can get PTSD?

    Whether the trauma was experienced on the battlefield, during military operations, or at a crime or accident scene, a building fire, a disaster or terrorist event, military members, police, firefighters, paramedics and first responders are more prone to experience extreme trauma than the average person.  This extreme trauma can manifest itself in a condition called PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).

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  4. A. What effect does PTSD have on the body?

    Most people do not realize that PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is more than a mental health disorder.  It is a disorder of the central nervous system with extreme amounts of adrenaline running through the body on a daily or hourly basis.  Adrenaline also sensitizes peripheral nerves – giving them the ability to signal pain in the absence of injury – resulting in chronic pain

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  5. What does a Service Dog do for someone with PTSD?

    One of the ways those who struggle with PTSD have been able to recover and gain control over their lives again, has been with the assistance of a Service Dog. To see a real life example, click here.

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  6. How much does it cost to raise and train a Service Dog?

    It takes between $12,000 – $15,000 to purchase, raise and train each Service Dog.

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  7. Are PTSD Service Dogs right for all Veterans or First Responders?

    There is no doubt that the benefits of having a Service Dog far outweigh the challenges but having a Service Dog is not the right choice for everyone who has a disability.  This is where CVSDU members help veterans with PTSD.  CVSDU trainers work with and serve the CVSDU, training puppies and dogs to be service dogs, training dogs and veterans to become qualified teams and advising the Board of Directors on training and programs for the Unit.  To see if a Service Dog is right for you, click here for questions to ask yourself.

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  8. What do I do if I want a Service Dog?

    Click on the “Are You Ready” menu item, read our “Questions to Ask Yourself” and follow Steps 2 & 3

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    If you have additional questions, please send us an email at

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