Pearson Airport in Mississauga offers itself up as a classroom for the dogs

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Published November 25, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Meet the latest graduating class of dog guides to get training at Pearson Airport. (Photo: Pearson Airport)

Pearson Airport in Mississauga has gone to the dogs in recent months. 

But that’s definitely not a bad thing. 

Today is a graduation day, of sorts, for a class of dog guides that had been training at the airport since July. 

Since July 20, passengers and airport employees have likely noticed on numerous occasions the four-legged visitors to Pearson learning their craft with their trainers at their side inside Terminal 3. 

Through a partnership with Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and West Jet, Pearson Airport provided a training facility for the dogs, who now will go on to provide invaluable service to people who need them.  

Airport officials say the three-way partnership aims to improve independent travel and customer service for travellers of all abilities. 

Through the course of their training, the dogs were walked through all aspects of the airport experience, Pearson Airport officials say. From check-in and security screening to boarding an aircraft, the dogs became familiar with the entire airport through their schooling. 

“We’re committed to providing a smooth and enjoyable airport experience for all,” Pearson officials say. “We have worked hard to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities.” 

Although this group of dogs is moving on, Pearson Airport will welcome the next class of trainees in 2022. 

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