Citadel Canine Society was established in British Columbia in 2012. It is an incorporated non-profit society, registered as a charitable organization, and also approved to conduct licensed gaming activities. Citadel Canine Society arranges for the careful selection, training, certification and delivery of service dogs at no charge to new veterans and first responders. Of the over 40 dogs currently in training or paired with new veterans or first responders, 6 dogs have been paired in Ontario, and 3 in Quebec.
The training and certification of these service dogs follows strict government regulated protocols, these currently provincially based. To ensure nation-wide standards, Citadel Canine Society is collaborating with other dog-training schools, service dog users, and facility providers in the development of national standards. This work is being funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and facilitated by the Canadian General Standards Board. National standards are expected in the late summer of 2017.
The research on the beneficial impact of service dogs for veterans and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) is varied. As in all research, differences in dog training protocols make it difficult to do adequate impact analyses. However, with the continued efforts toward national standards, and the significant personal gains brought forward by service dog users, the benefits will, no doubt, continue to emerge. The Boots 4 Pups Ottawa Committee is proud to be supporting Citadel Canine Society in its endeavours to promote service dogs and deliver a significant and essential service to new veterans and first responders.
Our webpage visitors are invited to read up on Citadel Canine Society by visiting their web page at www.citadelcanine.com
Please have a look some of the dogs paired with new veterans or first responders : Dog Collage Poster