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Canine Ambassador Program (CAP) FAQ

Canine Ambassador Program

  • What is the purpose of the Canine Ambassador Program or CAP?

    Sweet Charity offers a Canine Ambassador Program to staff/dog teams for settings such as hospitals, seniors’ residences, nursing homes, schools, libraries, colleges and universities. The presence of a trained staff/pet team will enhance the school/business environment as the dog and the handler promote positive socialization and calm interaction.
  • What does the training entail?

    Prior to program implementation in a specific site, Sweet Charity training staff provide:
    • an assessment of dog suitability
    • 6 hours of handler/dog training  
    • Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour certification
    • 2 one-hour visits within the site during the first year
    • ongoing communication with the trainer and site administrator, once the teams are active in the location  
    • 2 hour annual recertification.
    Our training reflects the understanding of the human/canine bond and the therapeutic benefits that this relationship can provide to a community.  
  • What are the costs?

    The training for each ambassador team costs $300. This fee, born by the site, includes 6 hours of training, a Sweet Charity CAP vest and lead (to be used only at the specific site by the trained team) as well as the CKC Good Neighbour certification. The annual recertification is $50.
  • How can I become involved?

    With the approval of your site administrator you may apply for the Canine Ambassador Program using this application form. A meeting with you and your administrator will follow to ensure an understanding of the program expectations. After the signing of an agreement you will be informed of the next training sessions.