Currently Accepting Applications for our Wounded-Warrioirs Program and Owner-Assisted Programs at all locations.
Autism Assistance Program is open for fall of 2024
Apply to our waitlist for a Fully-Trained Service Dog: current availability is Fall 2024.
WHAT WE OFFER
WHO WE ARE
We at K-9 Country Inn are a dedicated group of passionate individuals with over 40 years of experience in the canine industry. Our goal is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities across Canada through education and top quality dog training.
We believe that utilizing a service dog should be an accessible option to members of the public, which is why we've formatted several programs to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Over the past ten years we've provided over 200 service dogs to their handlers. We take great pride in providing an exemplary service and being a leader in the service dog industry.
Our trainers service Northern Ontario, Southern Ontario, and New Brunswick.
Learn more about our staff here.
WHAT WE DO
K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs is proud to offer several different programs to meet your needs.
K-9 Country Inn offers a unique Owner-Assisted Training Program. Our Owner-Assisted Program allows for owners to raise and train a service dog in their home while attending weekly group classes and public access outings under the support of a Professional Service Dog Trainer for two years through to graduation.
This program allows for custom task training to meet each handlers individual needs, including cross training where applicable (ie. both PTSD and Mobility Assistance).
K-9 Country Inn provides fully trained service dogs to qualified applicants for PTSD, Mobility, Medical Alert, and Autism.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
We provide services to First Responders, Veterans, and Civilians with PTSD. We offer specialized dual skill training for those who require another skill set such as Medical Alert and Mobility Assistance.
We provide services to those of any age looking to seek the support of an Autism Assistance Service Dog.
In addition to our Service Dog Programs, we offer Therapy Dog and Facility Dog Certification through Pet Partners.
Not sure if we can help? Contact us today. We take great pride and joy in helping individuals across Canada regain their independence through the use of service dogs.
Tim & Scuba
First Responder Owner-Assisted Service Dog Team
I would like to offer an account of my experience working with K9 Country Inn, in the owner assisted training program. From the first phone call to the most recent training class, all those involved with K9CI have been nothing short of amazing as they foster a welcoming and safe environment for all those who attend. Myself, a naturally skeptical and guarded person, was immediately embraced by the wonderful community they have established, leaving no choice but to lower my walls and dive headfirst into joining this wonderful and diverse community. It is apparent that the incredibly welcoming structure of the company was established from the top down by Laura and is adhered to by all.
Even when simply calling for information, Laura took ample time to answer all questions, leaving no room for confusion. Having never been involved in formal dog training an undertaking of this level of training may seem daunting, however Laura removed all worries with open communication and friendly guidance. After many calls and endless amounts of questions asked and answered, I was invited to attend a training class to observe. With nerves at a high level I attended, hopeful I had found a community to join and to train my companion to brighten the future. After arrival at the training facility, any nerves I had dissipated as I was welcome like an old friend. The community and welcoming environment established by Laura took one experience to affirm that this is something I need to be a part of. Laura has maintained availability for all questions and remains a helpful and kind resource every step of the journey thus far and has been a joy to work with. I am forever grateful for Laura taking the time answer questions, ease concerns, and welcome me to the organization.
Like any other organization, it’s the most frequent points of contact that can make or break the experience, and the trainers at K9CI exceed all expectations. Having worked with both trainers Rylee and Brit, I cannot find enough words to explain their greatness. Training with Rylee is always a pleasure as she surpasses her immense level of knowledge with superhuman levels of compassion. Rylee tailors the training to the needs or capabilities of each handler while always providing reassurance in times of difficulty. Motivated, empathetic, and very intelligent, are apt ways to describe Rylee, however what she brings to every class is truly immeasurable and is a major reason why being part of K9CI is a lifechanging experience. I remain in awe of Rylee’s ability to work with each person, meet them on their level and always communicate effectively. Often working in tandem with Rylee, is one of the more remarkable people I have met, Brit. Always available to answer questions and provide guidance in training, Brit makes the process a joy. The positive upbeat attitude Brit brings is infections and permeates each to each person and dog. Again, much like Rylee, what Brit brings as both a trainer and support is immeasurable. Brit is an absolute inspiration who overcomes obstacles, and takes on challenges in stride, behaviours that we all should hope to emulate. If the frontline employees are the face of the company, K9CI could not be in better hands than Rylee and Brit, who not only train dogs, but are inspirations for all and lift all those around them along the way.
Last but certainly not least, I must mention Tara, another face of K9CI. I have been fortunate to have been the beneficiary of the support and welcoming attitude Tara provides all she encounters. From that first class I attended to observe, the moment I crossed the threshold of the training center Tara sought me out and made me feel part of the team. A seasoned veteran in training, Tara is truly an asset who can spot difficulties, take the lead, and bring those around her along. I have many examples I could provide which Tara has rescued me from moments of confusion and frustration, turning a negative experience into something that is undeniably positive. Much like Rylee and Bit, I feel fortunate to welcomed into this incredible organization and to work with exceptional people like Tara.
The positives I could list about K9CI are endless, but simply could not do the group justice. To understand what this program is and what it can do for you it must be experienced. K9CI is truly an example of being greater than the sum of the parts, which is hard to imagine considering how incredible each person involved is. I consider myself fortunate each day I am involved in this welcoming, kind, helpful and non-judgemental community. Considering all people are simply looking for happiness, what could be more beautiful than a group of people from diverse backgrounds and life experience, working together for the common goal of a better tomorrow? I am forever grateful K9CI provided the platform and staff to do so.
Johanne & Oscar
Owner-Assisted PTSD Service Dog Team
"Laura guides her clients and is a remarkable leader.
She has integrity, she is honest, and has strong values.
She conducts her business with moral and ethical values. She is honest truthful and precise in her advice to her clients.
She possesses good communication skills with her clients. She can break down information so we can apply the information immediately to our Service dog training.
She has influenced me to train my dog in a gentle and firm manner. She has a lot of empathy for all her clients and adapts the training to everyone individually. She uses her influence to help each one of us to get through our individual difficulties and finds solutions to all problems. She has empathy and will go to bat to advocate for each one of us.
She is always there to give us courage when times are difficult.
She respects each ones of her clients and is always there to give solutions to problems or hurdles.
Laura consistently demonstrates integrity, empathy, courage, and respect towards her clients.
I am so grateful that I found her to help me train Oscar. With her guidance I am extremely confident that my dog Oscar can assist me when I am in distress as he has already done so.
In fact, he has helped me with my anxiety and depression, and he has demonstrated that he can and will calm me when I am in distress and will give me continued deep pressure therapy until I calm down.
When I do not know what to do, Laura is always willing and able to assist me.
She is always ready to help and she genuinely cares about her clients
In fact, when I explained to Laura that I was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment she adjusted her communications to me so that I would not have to rely on my poor memory and copied all communications to my husband so he could help remind me.
She is truly a leader in her field."
Chantelle & Rollo
Mobility Assistance Service Dog Team
"There are big differences between working with your group compared to just getting a dog from other programs, and it has made me even more grateful to have this opportunity. I met a service dog a year or two back who works with a man in a wheelchair. His dog was...almost lifeless. It did it’s job and that was it. The owner saw it as something to do what he couldn’t, and nothing more. I look at the team you have built, and yes everyone sees their dogs as working animals- but also as a being that requires love and attention. That man told me I would never love a true service dog like I did my retired dog, but you’ve made a program where that doesn’t have to be the case. I adore my new service dog with all of his quirks and cuteness. So thank you."