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Beyond Sit & Stay

Beyond Sit & Stay: Dogs in Our Service Exhibit

Did you know that our best friend could also be our biggest helper? Service dogs and their handlers always work as partners. It’s a partnership based on matching the right dog for the job and the right person for the job. Together they provide very important services in our community.

Beyond Sit & Stay interactive exhibit, running March 6 to April 28 at Central, 2nd floor (outside of Ideaworks Studio) explores the many ways in which dogs assist humans, from service to therapy to detection, and features the history of service dogs in the community.

Halton Region developed the exhibit with the support of numerous community partners, including the Halton Regional Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, St. John Ambulance, and other organizations and individuals working with service and assistance animals.

Visit the exhibit to learn about all types of service dogs:dog using bank machine

Security: Policing & military

Detection: Search & rescue, conservation, and new frontiers

Assistance: Physical, medical and mental health support

Companionship: Canine Assisted Therapy and Therapeutic Visitation Dogs

Celebrity: A fun look at Laika the Russian space dog

Legal: Issues around certification, access and etiquette

High Tech Work Wear: Emerging wearable technologies for skilled dogs

Working Dogs on Postage Stamps: A collection of international stamps

Check out the craft station and dog postbox, scent station, and the super-sized dog house that's big enough for 3 to 4 kids to snuggle up inside with a life-size retriever stuffie!

Puppy love! Paws 4 Stories

Here at the library, we believe reading should be fun. By reading to a furry friend, children can improve their reading skills and increase their confidence, interest, and enjoyment in reading. Every Paws 4 Stories dog is specially trained to sit quietly and listen while your child reads aloud to it. Spring session of Paws 4 Stories start soon

Questions about the visiting exhibit? Please contact our friends at Halton Region:

John Summers
Curator and Manager of Heritage Services
905.875.2200 ext 27

Claire Bennett
Assistant Curator/Collections Coordinator
905.825.6000 ext 3441

Julie Sutton-Yardley
Visitor Services Coordinator. Marketing
905.875.2200 ext.23