Canine Ambassador Program (CAP) FAQ

Canine Ambassador Program

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.

Prior to program implementation in a specific site, Sweet Charity training staff provide:

  • an assessment of dog suitability
  • 10 hours of handler/dog training  
  • Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour certification
  • trainer will visit the school site during the first year of implementation
  • ongoing communication with the trainer and site administrator, once the teams are active in the location  
  • annual recertification will take place at during the second and third years of implementation

    Our training reflects the understanding of the human/canine bond and the therapeutic benefits that this relationship can provide to a community.  

The training for each ambassador team costs $500. The annual recertification is $50.

With the approval of your site administrator you may apply for the Canine Ambassador Program by filling in these seven forms in the CAP Application Package. To complete the forms download them, fill them in and either sign electronically (click on fill and sign in Acrobat) or print, sign and scan to your email as a PDF. Please be sure to also include proof of rabies vaccination with your application package.

Once the forms are completed, please attach all  in an email to Chris Michilak at

A meeting with your administrator will follow to ensure an understanding of the program expectations. If everything is in order, you will be informed of the next training sessions.

In October 2016, Howard Bloom, PhD- Professor and Coordinator Child and Youth Care Program, Deborah M. Scharf, PhD- Research and Evaluation Services, and Garrett Hilborn – Research Analyst compiled the research report entitled “Implementation of the Sweet Charity Ambassador Dog Program in Simcoe County District School Board: A Pilot Study”. Here is an exerpt from their report conclusion: “The results of this pilot program suggest that the Sweet Charity Ambassador Program had a positive impact on the staff and students involved. In particular, students and staff reported that the dogs helped create a welcoming and warm environment in the service areas that they were located, and that they also helped improve student wellbeing through reducing stress, anxiety and conflict”. Read the rest of the research report by following this link: Sweet Charity Ambassador Dog Program Final Research Report In August 2017 the updated research report “Outcomes and Experiences of the Sweet Charity Canine Ambassador Program (CAP) – Children and Youth Mental Health” was published after the team’s subsequent research. Read the stage 2 report here: Sweet Charity Canine Ambassador Program STAGE 2 Final Research Report

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Spring and Fall 2019 Class Schedule

School visits and recertifications are being planned for this spring. 

The next pre-assessment will take place in late September, 2019.

Click on the calendar image above if you would like to add the dates to your calendar.