Wounded warriors Canada x k-9 country inn
K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs is proud to announce our new program in collaboration and sponsored by Wounded Warriors Canada, Our Wounded Warriors' PTSD Program! We are excited to train and match dogs to their new handlers who have served overseas and on the mainland.
We are currently accepting applications for this new program. Please read more below before applying.
Visit Wounded Warriors Canada to learn more about Operation Service Dog
Phase I: Apply
Are you considering a service dog to enrich your life? Does your healthcare team believe you'll benefit from a service dog? A service dog is life-changing but a big responsibility.
Please review The Benefits, The Requirements, and The Application Process tabs below.
Phase II: Your Match
Once you have been accepted into our program, the wait begins!
After our newest recruits complete their Phase I - Foundations & Obedience, II - Public Access Skills and advance on to Phase III - Specialised & Task Training, we review applicants and their lifestyle, needs and preferences for the class-ready dogs we have available.
Phase III: Team Training
Once paired with your new service dog partner, you start team training.
Team training is a six-month integration process where applicants attend obedience and public access classes regularly as they intertwine their lives with their four-legged partner.
We assist you with training and handling, advocacy skills, legislation about service dogs, and your right to use one.
Phase IV: PAE & Certification
As you near the end of your team training, we conduct a Public Access Exam (PAE) that reviews the skills the team has learned in class and that the team is ready to embark on their journey as a certified team through WWC x K9CI.
We continue to support our teams throughout the life of their service dog.
Certified teams are reaccessed and require recertification every three years to maintain team skills; the service dog is in good health and thriving! Our service dogs must live long, healthy and happy lives!
Of a service Dog
Independence and Engaging with Society: A service dog is a medical aid to their handlers, a friend and offers companionship and unconditional love. Amongst our clients, specifically those with PTSD, the relationship and bond is an integral part of their healing journey. Trust between handlers and dog goes a long way in their wellness but also enriches their life by giving them that freedom to step out the door with their reliable and trusted service dog.
They've Got Your Back - Alievation of Hypervigilance: A service dog's presence can help their handler "return to reality" during high anxiety/stress. Our service dogs are trained to perform crowd-buffering tasks that create a comfortable public space and keep their handler present. These specialized canines can also be trained to interrupt night terrors in the handlers' homes.
Interruption of Dissociative Episodes and Reality Affirmation: Service dogs are trained to provide active tasking to decrease high anxiety/dissociative episodes by tactile stimulation (i.e., Nose Nudging the handler's arm)to the handler while attentively giving comfort. The affirmation given to the handler by the dog ensures safety, assurance of reality and the present, and steadfast dedication.
Finding an Exit or a Trusted Person: During times of high stress and or anxiety, a handler may become overwhelmed, causing them to wander off, get lost or isolate in public areas. A service dog can be trained to locate an exit and a trusted person by name. This task can help alleviate panic and provide comfort in knowing their service dog can safely lead them out of a stressful situation.