Apply for a Companion Dog

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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.
Overview of Our Companion Dog Program
Our companion dogs do not have public access, but are still able to provide many of the same benefits that our autism service dogs provide, just within the home. Outside of the home, their rights are the same as other pet dogs, and they can only access dog friendly areas.

Companion dogs can provide:
- Sensory regulation
- Companionship
- Help with sleep disturbance
- Anxiety reduction

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
- assist with the development of empathy in the child

Application Process
Dogs with Wings has developed a detailed application process for our companion dog program to ensure the success of each team.

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:
- You must be a permanent resident in Alberta
- Applicants must have a disability. Preference will be given to children with disabilities, but we will consider adults with disabilities as well
- We must determine that there will be a benefit to placing a companion dog with the applicant
- You and your family must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of 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 companion dog is the only dog living in the home, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis