Personal Support Service Dogs (PSSD) FAQ

Personal Support Service Dogs

  • What is a Personal Support Service Dog?

    A Personal Support Service dog is trained to meet the specific needs of the individual. A child living with diabetes may not need alerting but a dog can learn specific tasks to mitigate their debilitating fears and anxiety. Youth with diagnoses such as Sensory Processing Disorder (PSD), Autism (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Mild Intellectual Disorder (MID), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism and Developmental Trauma can learn to meet their challenges with the support of their trained canine.
  • Who qualifies for a Personal Support Service Dog?

    Families supported by a service agency or organization supporting presenting factors such as Impulse control problems, social anxiety, poor social skills, poor self-regulation and inappropriate behaviour, and attachment issues that would recommend the intervention of a service dog may contact programs@sweetcharity for more information about this program.
  • Where can I read more about service dogs?

    The following links from trusted sources provide more information about service dogs:
  • Are there sources of funding available for service dogs?

    Federal law allows you to deduct expenses for buying, training, and maintaining a service dog. Please follow this link for more information about service dog funding:
  • What should we do if we are an interested family?

    Families interested in the PSSD program are invited to an introductory session to understand the requirements and process of training. This is followed by 5 dog training sessions with the families. Those interested in a Personal Support Service Dog are supported in the application process. The entire process takes two years.