NOTE: COPE Service Dogs is currently not accepting new application requests for Mobility Assistance Dogs as the high volume of applicants has exceeded our capacity for timely placement. COPE Service Dogs is committed to serve the families that are currently on the waiting list or who have already received an application package. We will resume accepting new application requests for Mobility Assistance Dogs as soon as the needs of the current waiting list are met. Please refer to the website for updates. Our Facility Dog and Career Change Dog programs are remaining open to new application requests. October 26, 2016
How do service dogs benefit people with disabilities?
COPE Service Dogs specializes in training dogs for people with mobility disabilities who live within a three-hour drive from the Barrie, Ontario office.
We currently DO NOT provide the following types of assistance dogs:
- guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired
- hearing dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- seizure alert/response dogs for people with epilepsy
- diabetic alert dogs for people with diabetes
- autism assistance dogs
- psychiatric service dogs for people with PTSD, depression, anxiety or any other psychiatric disability
Service dogs help people overcome the limitations of their disabilities and the barriers in their environment.
Scientific research has begun to validate the role of service dogs for people with disabilities. In 1995, a 2-year study by Dr. Karen Allen, found that people with disabilities who were supported by service dogs scored higher for psychological well-being, self-esteem, community integration and the amount of control they could exert over their environment.
In addition, the number of personal assistant (human) hours required for care decreased by an average of 78%. Other studies support the findings of improved self-esteem, independence and social acceptance.