USask provides ‘PAWSitive’ toolkit for service dog organizations working with veterans – News

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Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD), USask Research Chair in One Health and Wellness and co-founder of the PAWSitive Support Project, and a team of experts have put together a course as part of a toolkit that informs service dog trainers about recovery from substance use harm; the important role of peer support; and connection to animals, people, and the land in the wellbeing of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Watch the trailer here:

This two-hour self-paced course includes an online certificate and is funded by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

The project team includes more than 30 people from universities across Canada, the veteran community, service dog organizations, and guidance from indigenous elders and from working with service dogs.

Employees and volunteers of the service dog organization can now register at

The course and the complete toolkit will be available in January 2022.

This project was made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of Health Canada.