ADS does local placements in the most parts of the GTA, Hamilton and most of Southwestern Ontario region in order to be able to provide frequent and ongoing communication and follow up with our graduated families and our wait list families. We are regularly out in the community training and visiting clients and are always available for support when required. Our goal is to have our Service Dog teams be as successful as possible and we want to be available to facilitate that process.
ADS does not require parents to attend a week long training session at a location away from their home. All our placements are home based in and around the families home and community. This alleviates the stress of a parent having to leave home for a week or more for intensive training when they receive their Service Dog. We run a variety of information sessions for our families who are waiting to receive their Service Dog throughout the year and we expect families to attend a minimum of 4 sessions before receiving their Service Dog.
ADS welcomes a close working relationship with all the families who are waiting to receive a dog as soon as they are accepted onto our waitlist. We welcome families to training sessions and workshops on a regular basis to maintain and build a strong partnership that will continue into and beyond when a family receives their Service Dog.
ADS is focused on placing Service Dogs with children with Autism and related disorders specifically. We do not train for a wide variety of services as we feel we can best support our families by focusing on one specific area and being the best we can be in that area of service.
ADS places dogs with children up to the age of 18.
ADS does not require an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis to be considered for our program. If a child has challenges which present in a similar manner to Autism we will evaluate the child’s needs to determine if a Service Dog could provide beneficial support to the child.
ADS does not house any of its dogs in training in a kennel environment. All dogs are raised in homes beginning from birth through the puppy program, advanced training program to placement in a family’s home. This allows us to avoid some of the stress that is often attributed to having a dog in a kennel. It also gives the trainers an opportunity to get to know each dog and all of its different behaviour and mannerisms in a very personal way. This allows us to manage house behaviours and sometimes train a dog in a shorter period of time because we have access to the dog 24/7 and can practice training techniques on an ongoing basis. The close personal connection we develop with each dog can also help to make the best match possible when deciding on a placement family for a dog.
ADS has a training staff that has a combined total of over a 100 years of training experience. Our team works together to keep up to date on training practices and are always trying to better the process and produce dogs that are of a very high quality and standard. There are always things to learn and our training staff enjoys bettering our program and our Service Dogs in every way possible.
We have a strong puppy program and we strive to support each volunteer puppy raiser as much as possible to get each dog to reach their full potential and grow up to be a wise and mature Service dog!