Apply for an Autism Service Dog

service-apply-pageguide-apply-pagefacility-apply-pagecompanion-apply-pageautism-apply-page
Please Note:
We regret to inform you that Dogs with Wings is currently NOT able to accept new applications due to a high volume of current applicants. The application process will be re-opened once we have fulfilled our existing wait list. This will allow us to better serve our clients who are waiting for placements. Thank you for your patience and please check back frequently for updates.
Autism service dogs are taught:
- Essential house manners, as well as how to behave in public.
- To walk with a child tethered to them and to follow the cues of the handler.
- To anchor themselves in a “stay” until cued forwards by the handler, if the child attempts to wander or bolt.
- Tasks taught to a traditional service dog can be taught to autism service dogs as well, if a family needs or desires such training.

Autism service dogs can provide:
- Sensory regulation.
- Companionship.
- Help with sleep disturbance.
- Anxiety reduction.
- Social facilitation with peers.

Some parents find that having a dog as a companion may increase self-esteem in their child, encourage them to become more engaged, increase their communication skills, as well as help with the development of empathy.

Individuals who are interested in acquiring a service dog are required to submit an application.

For more information on Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the importance of accredited dogs:
http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/

For more information on other ADI certified service dog schools in Canada:
Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools

Applicants must first meet our criteria:
- At the time of application, your child must be between the ages of 3 and 10, keeping in mind we don’t generally place dogs with children under 5.
- You and your family must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the service dog, and offer a stable home environment. This includes regular exercise and grooming, veterinarian care, food, as well as other necessary supplies and equipment.
- We prefer home environments in which the service dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- DWW will serve clients living in Alberta.