Consultation with a Health Care Professional regarding receiving a note to support need for Service Dog. This is done before putting in application to receive training. This note must say your medical condition would benefit from the use of a Service Dog. This note may also say your specific medical condition as well as details about your Doctor (ie. license number). If you intend to travel Air Canada specifically states :
The letter must also provide information on the mental health professional's license (i.e. type of license, date issued, and issuing authority)
Completion of program administrative requirements alongside the program application form. You will be contacted about your dog (Watch My 6 does not provide dogs, we do not have a kenneling or breeding program) We will then arrange an assessment day/evening to meet with you and your pup to see if your "team" would match with our program
Consultation/Assessment with an Watch My 6 trainer to discuss pairing with a Service Dog - topics include:
Costs that are covered by the program;
Canine care and the responsibility of the handler in the program;
Training , certification and recertification;
Criteria for a dog that a handler may bring into the program;
Insurance, both liability and pet health;
Media and public relations(if agreeable),;
Difficulties encountered in training;
What users can do if they are denied access to training or full certification,.
The team will also be assessed that they do in fact have a bond , the dog is keen to please and learn and shows no aggression .
**Note Puppies under 6 months at time of assessment may not be put right into Stage 4. We may recommend a basic puppy obedience course so they can learn social skills and other important things puppies need during their key developmental time. Each pup under 6 months will be looked at differently as some pups mature quite earlier than others to may be fine to start with the 6 week Intro to Service Dog Course
Teams are entered into a 6 week "Introduction to Service Dog Training Program" . In this time trainers want to see that teams are taking selection seriously. They must attend 75%+ of classes in order to go forward as well as trainers must see homework is being done. In 6 weeks if homework is done daily it will be visible in the dog. The cost to this program is $150 as it is a very structured obedience course and not all dogs go forward.
**Note Puppies who enter Intro to Service Dog who are under 6 months will not receive their vest until after they mature and we can 100% feel confidence in their ability to work in public.
Users are part of a 52-week Service Dog progression period mentored by Watch My 6 trainers. (psychiatric average completion is 52 weeks, mobility is 104. This part of our program is FREE thanks to our amazing Volunteers, we just ask that families help out when they can with some of our fundraisers. The only cost during this time is the use of the Watch My 6 Vest, this is $400 and marks your official welcome into the program. This Vest you wear your entire time in our program , even when you graduate. Its part of being in an organization, this is not new, many organizations across Canada have a uniform vest so everyone knows where the dog trains or where they come from.
End-users are certified for a period of 1 year, Watch My 6 follows the set standards for Certification from the Canadian Service Dog Trainers Association . The initial exam is $100 and comes with a ID card upon completion. Follow ups/re-certifications are done annually $40. We do this to insure the dog is still healthy enough to continue with Service Dog work and that no issues have come up .
Handlers are then welcome to join the Trainer Mentorship program to become Professional Pet Dog Trainers, to be able to pass along knowledge and train the future generations of Service Dogs.
We provide training and assistance for service dogs for those in need. Some include PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder and Light Stability/Mobility. The time to train varies on the tasks to be performed, the breed and how quickly both the handler and the dog are ready to be tested.
We provide education and awareness through workshops and seminars at businesses and local charities to help the public understand the importance of service dogs.
For over 6 years, we have been serving the Ottawa Valley with puppy and obedience classes.
So currently we are only taking 3 intakes a year (Jan, April & September)
Our primary focus is on military members and veterans but as space allows we will take civilians.
At this time we have closed our Child/Youth Programming due to a Trainer Shortage. Our Minimum Age requirement is currently 18.
Due to the high volume of requests we have a wait list but we encourage you to apply and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.