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Legions Pause Funding PTSD Service Dogs Over Training Concerns (Ottawa Promises Standards to regulate "Wild West" Animal Market)

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Abstract

This is an online article by Molly Segal of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporting that "Some provincial branches of the Royal Canadian Legion are no longer using poppy funds to help pay for service dogs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans."  The reason given is complaints by service members that some dogs funded by the Legion are poorly trained.  The Legion is urging that Canadian national training standards for psychiatric service be developed.  The Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole announces a pilot research study on service dogs and PTSD, and says, "While we're doing this pilot we want to put together national standards to try to see how we can ensure that if a veteran gets a dog that it's going to meet their needs and it's going to provide a benefit."

Submitter

Michael Fallon

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date 12 March 2015
Edition Online
Publication Title Legions Pause Funding PTSD Service Dogs Over Training Concerns (Ottawa Promises Standards to regulate "Wild West" Animal Market)
Publisher Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
URL http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/legions-pause-funding-ptsd-service-dogs-over-training-concerns-1.2990709
Language English
Author Address Molly Segal
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Mammals
  5. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  6. Service animals
  7. service dog training programs