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Ottawa Area Dog-Training Facilities


Best Friends Dog Training

Located in Ottawa’s Hunt Club East area, Best Friends offers a specialty program called “Therapy Dog School”. This course will help aspiring therapy dog teams to understand and function in a pet visitation role. Training exercises prepare dogs for Canine Good Citizen/Canine Good Neighbour testing, a common first step in therapy dog certification.


The Training Hall

The Training Hall is located in Ottawa’s west end, just off Carp Road north of Stittsville. In addition to a number of dog training program options, the Training Hall offers mini-seminars on interesting dog-related topics on selected Friday evenings.


Organizations Promoting the Human-Animal bond


Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society)

A non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives.  Pet Partners offer a Therapy Animal Program, Animal-Assisted Therapy Professionals Resources, a Service Animal Program, a Companion Animal Program and Pet Loss & Bereavement support.


Canadian Service Dog Foundation Inc.

is a non-profit organization committed to assisting people who live with a serious disability through use of trained service dogs, assistance dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals; and to support human safety through use of trained police service dogs, military working dogs, search and rescue dogs, and detection dogs.  CSDF provides ongoing research into the effectiveness of working dogs, standards and equipment.


Canada's Guide to Dogs

The Canada's Guide to Dogs website is a comprehensive information and resource site for all dog enthusiasts. The site includes detailed breed information; listings of breeders, kennels, clubs, groomers, trainers, shelter and rescue organizations; information on health and nutrition; a section dedicated to the working dog; dog sports and activities; and much, much more.


Through continuous content development, updating, and maintenance of the site, along with site promotion and marketing, we are dedicated to achieving our goal of building the most comprehensive and complete dog related site in Canada and being the number ONE place to go on the Internet for dog related information, not only for Canadians but for people all over the world.


Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC)

Responsible Dog Owners of Canada (RDOC) is a registered, non-profit, national volunteer organization. Through education, RDOC is working to build and support a network of responsible dog owners, raise awareness of dogs and their behaviour and facilitate the restoration and preservation of a dog-friendly society. RDOC hosts educational programs like:


the Canadian Canine Good Citizenship Test™ (CCGCT™),

the “Be A Tree”  Dog Bite Prevention Program,

the Dog Owner Training School (D.O.T.S.),

DOG-Ed and other programs designed to foster responsible dog ownership.


Canadian Foundation for Animal Assisted Support Services

Supports the innovation, coordination, and integration of Animal-Assisted Support Services within Canada's health-care, social services, and justice sectors. Its mission is to ensure the sustainability, credibility, and availability of Animal Assisted Support Services by supporting related charities and those they serve. Goals: To unite Animal Assisted Support Services stakeholders to identify core values and common priorities to stimulate collaborative action in the spirit of cooperation and inclusiveness; and to inspire a consistent level of quality, safety, and satisfaction of those served.


Other Therapy Dog Organizations


Therapeutic Paws of Canada

Enhancing quality of life and health through the animal/human bond. A non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc.


Intermountain Therapy Animals

Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) is Utah’s oldest and largest organization providing animal-assisted therapy. It is a non-profit organization bringing animal resources to human needs. ITA specializes in providing animal-assisted therapy in the areas of physical, occupational, speech and psychotherapies, as well as special education.


For advice on understanding if your dog is a potential therapy dog, consult:


"Lending a Helping Paw:  Is your dog a good fit for therapy duty? by Patricia B. McConnell