Report a concern about service dogs

Report a concern about a service dog, service dog handler or service dog trainer.

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You can report a concern to the Service Dog Assessment Team if you encounter or witness a violation of the Service Dogs Act and Service Dogs Qualification Regulations or Alberta Training Standard.

Responsibility of the handler

It is the responsibility of the handler to maintain control of the service dog at all times. If the service dog displays behaviours that are aggressive, disruptive to other patrons or damaging to property, the service dog team can be asked to leave.

Accommodation for others

The rights of all Albertans must be considered in a respectful and tolerant manner. Some people may have allergies, fear of dogs or avoid dogs for religious reasons. Upon expressing their concerns to the manager of the public space, they, the manager and the service dog team will cooperate to make alternate arrangements or find a compromise that satisfies everyone.

Common concerns

Some common concerns may be:

  • a qualified service dog team being denied access to a public space after presenting their Service Dog Team Identification Card
  • a service dog acting in an unruly, intrusive or aggressive manner
  • a service dog handler or trainer using harmful or injurious discipline on their service dog

Report a concern

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Please use the Service Dog Concerns Form to report your concerns.

You can submit the form by mailing it to the address below, by faxing it to 780-427-9145 or by email at [email protected].


Connect with the Service Dog Assessment Team:

Phone: 780-427-9136
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Government of Alberta, Guide and Service Dogs
Civil Society and Community Initiatives Branch
Seniors, Community and Social Services
Forestry Building
4th Floor, 9920 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4