FAQ

 

>> SIGNIFICANCE OF AUDEAMUS?

Latin word for “May we Dare”, philosophy behind it … May we dare to get better, May we dare to get out of isolation, May we dare to ask for help, etc … AUDEAMUS is pronounced like: Ow-day-AH-mooosss

Why a Shield? — Providing protection, protection from unpleasant experiences.

Why the white colour? — White represents: an inherently positive color, is associated with purity, light, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance, illumination, understanding, cleanliness, faith, beginnings, sterility, spirituality, possibility, humility, sincerity, protection, softness, and perfection.

Why a Labrador Dog? — It’s a Canadian dog, specifically from Newfoundland. Labrador's temperament has a kind, pleasant, outgoing and tractable nature.

Why a red Star of Life Symbol? — The red star of life symbol is widely used as red - traditionally used as the colour of warning for a medical condition.

>> PTSI SERVICE DOGS?

Research… shows that positive social interactions with dogs may offer a safe, effective, and relatively inexpensive way to increase endogenous levels of the neurochemical oxytocin and other important antistress agents in humans.

The Pairing Assistance-Dogs with Soldiers (PAWS) study revealed that service dogs can “significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress…and depression in veterans” (Pedersen, 2014) PAWS Research

AUDEAMUS has achieved the following results for users with PTSI and/or others disabilities:

a. increase in patience, impulse control, and emotional regulation & stability;

b. improved ability to display affection towards others;

c. decrease in emotional numbness;

d. improved sleep;

e. significant decrease in suicidal thoughts;

f. decreased depression; increase in positive sense of purpose;

g. decrease in startle responses;

h. decrease in need for pain medications;

i. increased sense of belonging and acceptance, with less avoidance;

j. increased assertiveness skills and confidence;

k. reduced aggression;

l. improved parenting skills and family dynamics;

m. reduced fixation on war experience and fewer flashbacks; and

n. lowered stress levels and an increased sense of calm.

>> NEED A SERVICE DOG - APPLICATION?

We invite any and every one down to come take a look at our program and see the benefits of a Service Dog for those who served and who's lives depend on them including their family. We would love the opportunity to show you our dogs, their potential for success, and answer questions from a perspective that you may not normally find in your briefings. We have a very unique perspective on the Service Dog community because, unlike any other organization, we are run by Disabled Combat Veterans and first responders.

OUR SERVICE DOG PROGRAM

• Service Dogs - Tailor trained to meet unique physical, medical or psychiatric needs.

• Therapy Dogs - Provide comfort and companionship to people in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions.

SERVICE DOG REQUIREMENTS

• Service Dogs are required to be controlled by their user.

• Fulfill a psychological or physiological need for the disabled.

• At present, there is no national standard for training, follow-up or ongoing “Aftercare” related to the use of and certification of service dogs in Canada. The Canadian General Standard Board (CGSB) National Committee is in the process of developing a service dog standard. The current participants represent Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), Transport Canada, Mental Health professionals, medical doctors and organizations providing service dogs. Chris Lohnes and Marc Lapointe, serve on the National Committee in an advisory capacity.

>> WHAT A SERVICE DOG DOES?

A PTSI Service Dog is a non-biased, non-judgmental partner that provides psychological support and stress relief when sufferers are confronted with everyday situations that place them in a state of high anxiety.

Primary roles of a PTSI Service dog include but are not limited to alerting the handler to approaching individuals, provide the handler with tactical stimulation for anxiety relief, provide a sense of physical security when placed in situations where they feel the user’s individual safety is in question.

AUDEAMUS PTSI SERVICE DOGS

• Fulfill a psychological or physiological need

• Certified, Registered and Validated with AUDEAMUS as a PTSI Service Dog

• Service Dog Users are issued a harness

• Receive identification for ease of access and proof of training through our registry

• Have life time of after care and follow-up training available

APPLY FOR A PTSI SERVICE DOG

If you are in need please complete the application and return it to us.

We have a few options currently available to help you get a Service Dog. Regardless of the route you choose for your Service Dog, AUDEAMUS covers training for the working life of your service dog.

1. You can be provided with a Service Dog. Dogs selected for the AUDEAMUS program are mainly rescue dogs from shelters, rescue groups or given by breeders. Extensive evaluation is done to determine suitability. We seek dogs with no aggression, fear or anxiety, dogs that are well socialized and desire affection/companionship, that are agile, have neutral/minimal prey drive and no defensive issues. The preference is for exceedingly calm, soft and mellow dogs.

2. You can have your current pet trained to be your Service Dog. Please understand that not all dogs are suitable for Service Dog work and will only be accepted into the training program once they have passed our screening process.

AUDEAMUS receives hundreds of Service Dogs requests a year. If you do not receive a phone call after submitting an application within a week, please do not hesitate to call on check on your status.

APPLY FOR A PTSI SERVICE DOG

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