Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs
Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs


What is CIAD?

  • CIAD is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to providing high caliber service dogs for first responders who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the line of duty.

What does CIAD stand for?

  • Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs Society.

Why is there a need for service dogs?

  • Service dogs can be trained to intervene when their handler is experiencing distress related to their PTSD.  Dogs can be trained to recognize when their handler is becoming uncomfortable, anxious or feeling unsafe in the environment.

Where do you get your puppies from?

  • All of our puppies come from reputable breeders who follow the Superdog protocol

How much does it cost to raise and place a service dog?

  • From getting the puppy from a breeder and all the training, it can cost upwards of $35,000 for a service dog to be fully trained and placed.

How much does it cost to buy a service dog?

  • CIAD does not sell or charge handlers money for service dogs.

Do I need a prescription for a service dog?

  • Yes, you need a prescription from 2 doctors that state your diagnosis and the tasks that the dog is to perform for you.

Can you train or certify my dog to be a service dog?

  • No, CIAD does not train or certify pets to become service dogs.

Do the dogs have to work all the time?

  • No, the dogs are only in vest when they are in public. When they are home they get playtime and lots of out of vest time

What’s a puppy raiser?

  • A puppy raiser is an individual or family who foster a puppy from approximately 8-10 weeks old until they are ready to go into advanced training. Puppy raisers participate in obedience training, socialization and public experiences for the puppy until it is ready to move on to advanced training.

How much does it cost to be a puppy raiser?

  • It does not cost you anything to be a puppy raiser. CIAD will cover all costs associated with the puppy, including veterinary care.  The only costs you may incur are those that fall outside of the contract.

What is a puppy sitter?

  • A puppy sitter is someone who is able to temporarily house and care for a dog when the puppy raiser is unavailable. Sitter services may be needed on short notice or they may be booked in advance.

What happens to dogs that are unable to become service dogs?

  • If the dog is not able to go into service, we will assess the dog to see if the dog could become a facility or therapy dog. If not, then the dog will be available for adoption.

How do I apply for a service dog?

  • There is an application on the Forms section of the website. Download and submit the form to CIAD

How do I volunteer with CIAD?

  • Download and return a volunteer application from the Forms section of the website.

How do I donate to CIAD?

  • Please use the Contact Link on our website to begin discussions about making a donation.

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 275 Rocky Lake Drive, Unit 9
Bedford, NS B4A 2T3