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Dog Guides Canada

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Record #: OAK0570 Last Full Update: 08 Aug 2013
Record Details
Alternate NameAutism Assistance Dog Guides ; Canine Vision Canada ; Hearing Ear Dog Guides ; Lions Foundation of Canada ; Seizure Response Dog Guides ; Special Skills Dog Guides
Contact Numbers
Office Phone905-842-2891
Toll Free Phone1-800-768-3030
TTY Phone905-842-1585
Contact Information
Address & Map
152 Wilson St
Oakville, ON L6K 0G6
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Located In CommunityOakville (Kerr Village)
Nearest Main IntersectionKerr St and Rebecca St
Wheelchair AccessibilityFully Accessible
Social MediaFacebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary ContactAlex Ivic, Manager of Dog Guide Operations; Email:
Alternate ContactNatalie Moncur, Communications Manager; Email:
Coordinator of VolunteersMerilyn Lethbridge, Events and Volunteer Manager; Email:
Primary ExecutiveSandy Turney, Executive Director
Service Details
Areas ServedCanada
DescriptionA service which offers dog guide programs to eligible Canadians.  
Canine Vision Dog Guides: 
* help clients who are blind or visually impaired * specially trained to navigate busy streets, stairs, escalators and obstacles found on most daily routes  
* recognized by black leather harnesses 
Special Skills Dog Guides: 
* help clients with medical and/or physical disabilities * trained to open and close doors, retrieve items, bark for help, and activate an alert system (LifeLine)  
* recognized by blue harnesses 
Hearing Ear Dog Guides: 
* help clients who are deaf or hard-of-hearing * taught to alert to sounds by making physical contact with their handlers, and then leading them to the sound. * trained to respond to unique sounds of client’s home, such as baby’s cry, kettle boiling, ringing telephone or activated fire alarm 
* are recognized by orange harnesses 
Seizure Response Dog Guides:  
* help clients with epilepsy * trained to react to client’s seizure by barking for help, activate an alert system (LifeLine) or get help within home environment * are recognized by yellow harnesses 
Autism Assistance Dog Guides: 
* help provide safety, companionship and unconditional love for children 4-12 years of age with autism * provide calming relief for children in high anxiety situations, and reduce stress commonly experienced in public places * are recognized by maroon harnesses 
Diabetic Alert Dog Guides: assist people aged 10 or older with type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemic unawareness * trained to detect sudden drops in blood sugar through scent and alert to ingest something sweet * provide help in the home or activate alert system * ability to detect and react to hypoglycemic episodes helps avoid loss of consciousness and subsequent life-threatening effects  
* are recognized by red harnesses 
Foster Puppy program: 
* bred at the Foundation’s facility in Breslau, Ontario or donated by reputable breeders 
* at approximately eight weeks of age, puppies are placed in foster homes until ready to return for formal training, usually around one year of age. * foster families attend puppy classes in Oakville and Breslau every four to six weeks throughout one year commitment 
* foster families should live roughly within an hour drive of the Oakville or Breslau facility 
* puppies live in foster homes for a socialization period of approximately one year and are returned to the training school in Oakville to be screened for both physical soundness as well as temperament before entering the training program 
* foster families housetrain puppies, teach manners, basic obedience, and socialize to situations like offices, shopping malls, and public transportation 
* food donated by Nestle Purina® PetCare * veterinary care is provided at the Foundation’s in-house clinic
HoursMon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Eligibilityvisually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, deaf, epileptic, physically or medically disabled individuals, children with autism
FeesNone ; no cost to obtain dog * all travel to and from Oakville and room and board is covered during training session * future care and maintenance of dog is obligation of recipient
LanguagesEnglish ; French
Resources Availablebrochures
FundingDonations - corporate and Individual ; Foundation - Lions Foundation of Canada
Service Level(50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Service CategoriesDog Guides ; Mobility Assistance Service Animals ; Seizure Dogs ; Signal Dogs