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- At Your Service -

Ability Dogs Canada offers Agency Trained Service Dogs, Board and Train Service Dog Programs, as well as Trainer Guided Service Dog Training. Our organization is a Canadian Service Dog School that provides services from Coast to Coast.

Mission Statement

"Ability Dogs Canada strives to provide expertly trained and reliable canines to enhance it's handler's abilities."

Vision Statement

"Unite humans and dogs to balance abilities and to enhance opportunities."

Our Programs

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Samantha Cooper

Head Trainer
Samantha has been studying animal behaviour and training for over 20 years and she is a certified trainer who studied at Animal Behavior College. Her special interests are in PTSD and Seizure response/alert dog training but she is very educated in, but not limited to, Autism, PTSD, Seizures and Mental Health. She has extensive experience working in crisis situations and working with individuals who struggle with mental health, PTSD challenges, and epilepsy. To date, Samantha has fully trained over 60 service dogs.
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Raina Cooper

Raina is a recent graduate from Animal Behaviour College and graduated with honours at the top of her class. She is currently working towards her ADCT (Ability Dogs Canada Trainer)training status that will allow her to train service dogs. She shows amazing skills and patience when working with animals and follows positive reinforcement methods when training.
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Melanie Perry

Intake Coordinator
Mel and her family welcomed their first foster puppy with ADC during the pandemic and quickly learned how rewarding the foster journey is. After learning more about ADC and the phenomenal service dog community, Mel later joined the staff in her current capacity as Intake Coordinator. While still fostering Service Poodles in Training, Mel is also the first person many folks speak with when they apply to receive a service dog from our foster program! You can also find her attending weekly training classes with her current foster puppy or behind the scenes helping out with some social media.
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Shawn Floyd

Education and Accessibility
Biography coming soon...
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Colleen Wilson McElroy

Colleen came to us as a handler to ADC Finn, who is being trained as an intervention dog. Colleen's skills in educating are such an asset to ADC as we continue to educate stores, restaurants, and our community about service dogs. Education is power and knowing how to make an establishment accessible to everyone... including handlers with service dogs is very important to us here at ADC.


It takes a village to raise a service dog! Join us now to ensure more people can acheive their full potential. Most say that getting to be around puppies and kind dogs is a pleasant add-on.


It takes a village to raise a service dog, AND a lot of funds! Donate now to ensure more people can acheive their full potential. It doesn't have to be an anonymous donation; we offer donation in the name of a loved one, human or canine, for a specific person or towards a campain against a significant challenge (Epilespy, PTSD...).