THAMES CENTRE SERVICE DOGS

519-318-4658                           519-872-8273 

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ABOUT US


Director         

Thames Centre Service Dogs is owned and operated by Ms. L. Elizabeth Baker.  Ms. Baker began her career almost thirty years ago as a Canine Behavioral Consultant, specializing in canine aggression.  In 2003, her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder, thus began her career change to service dog training.

In 2005, Ms. Baker decided to additionally focus on Autism, Epilepsy, Brain Injury and Psychiatric service.  Since that time she has pioneered training protocols for service dogs for psychiatry and F.A.S.D. in Canada.  Ms. Baker is involved in pilot programs with several psychiatric organizations and colleges as well as a University. She is assisting in the study of psychotherapy incorporating therapy and service dogs.  She is also involved in canine assisted trauma therapy studies with organizations, police services and physicians in Ontario and Quebec. 

In 2008, Ms. Baker began working with Park wood Hospital O.S.I. clinic in London, Ontario to bring service dogs to Veterans with Operational Stress Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Since that time she has spoken with Government Officials and Members of Parliament in attempts to have them provide funding for service dogs for Veterans. 

Ms. Baker is currently working with Ministry of Veterans Affairs and the Canadian General Standards Board to develop service dog standards in Canada and is providing service dogs to Veterans participating in the Laval University /Veterans Affairs Study on Veterans with PTSD and service dogs.  She is currently continuing with  both these endeavors, as well as speaking at conferences and organizational meetings to further the service dog industry.  Ms. Baker has working service dogs throughout North America and the U.K.  

Ms. Baker has appeared in newspapers and magazine articles, television and radio shows throughout Canada and is a published author of many magazine articles and her book 'When Spirits Lie; Living with FASD'.

Ms. Baker can be reached at tcsd@live.ca

 

 


Kennel Manager


Miss Nicole Field has been a member of the Thames Centre Service Dogs family for 10 years and as our Kennel Manager since 2013.  Miss Field works full time training our puppies and older service dogs in training.  She is also responsible for our white shepherd breeding program.  Nicole may be reached at tcsd@live.ca or nfield@live.com


 Trainers

We wish to welcome Kim Kraus and Brittany Brookbank as our training staff as well as our part time cleaning staff.


 

 


MEMBERSHIP

Elizabeth is a member  in good standing with the following organizations:

  • IACP - International Association of Canine Professionals
  • ASIST - Animal Services & Integrated Support Teams / ASSISTER – Animaux d'assistance et équipes de support - services integers; Steering Committee
  • IAADP-International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
  • IAABC-International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants
  • CAPPDT-Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers
  • Responsible Dog Owners of Canada
  • PCMH – Parents for Children’s Mental Health
  • Delta Society – Pet Partners
  • W.S.A.A.S.S.A.N. - Wounded Soldiers Animal Assisted Support Services Advisory Network
  • Canada’s Guide to Dogs
  • Better Business Bureau A+ rating