Rescue dogs are trained as emotional support and service dogs for veterans who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). There is no cost to the veteran.
All dog lovers know how much the unconditional love of their dogs mean to them. This love means so much more to the veterans. That unconditional love has saved many veterans from taking their own lives.
The dogs being trained for this program are rescues and the dogs are not breed specific.
Each dog is trained in tandem with the veteran handler so they are able to bond during the basic training, extensive public access training and specific assistive training. Some examples of tasks the dogs are trained are: putting distance between the handler and others when in public, reminder to the veteran to take their meds, wake and comfort the veteran during nightmares, etc. Each dog is trained specifically for each veterans needs.
Our certified trainer Kat Carter at Hound's tooth academy for dogs specifically designed training programs for our Veterans. The classes are small with no more than 3 Veteran/dog pairs at any given time.
If the Veteran already has a dog they are bonded with, we can evaluate the dog and consider the team for the program as well.
If you are a Veteran or know of a veteran who would benefit from a psychiatric service dog, please complete our short application .
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