To Epilepsy Support Groups:
My name is Heather Fowler and I am the Partnership Development Manager at Dog Guides Canada (www.dogguides.com).
I believe that most of your societies are aware of our relatively new program, “Seizure Response Dog Guides”. . If you know of someone who fits the criteria below and is wishing to have a dog of their own that can assist with their seizures, please forward our contact info.
The following is information on Seizure Support Dog Guides:
A Seizure Response Dog is a dog that is trained to respond to certain types of seizures. The dogs are trained to react to the person’s physical cues once the seizure has started and to get people’s attention. This is done by the dog barking for help or going to get help within the home environment. The dogs can be trained to active the Lifeline system that will directly summon emergency help through a phone system. The dog is also trained to lie quietly beside the person once the seizure is over, to give comfort to the individual who may be fearful or disorientated.
- The ideal clients must be the age of 8 and over and have clinical diagnoses of epilepsy from their Neurologist
- Must have a few epileptic seizures per month
- Must be able to attend a 19 day training course that runs 6 days a week in Oakville, Ontario (all travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the charity)
- Must have good cognitive awareness, ability to follow instructions, and have a fairly good memory that would allow them to retain the information being instructed in class.
If you know of an individual who could benefit from having a dog guide, please have them contact Dog Guides Canada at (905) 842-2891. Thank you for allowing me to share this information with you. I would be pleased if you could forward this email to any contacts you might have, to help us make people aware of our services. We have helped change so many lives of children and adults with epilepsy and we can help many more.
Thank you for your time.
Partnership Development Manager
LIONS FOUNDATION OF CANADA/DOG GUIDES CANADA
Voice Mail: (905) 842-2891 Ext. 226
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