Once the veteran is paired with the dog, the dog lives with the veteran full time during the training. Our program is based on a owner-handler model, which emphasizes the human-animal bond by teaching the handler to train his/her own dog. This also creates a trusting bond similar to the battle buddy the veteran had while serving.
Training classes are held twice a week in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Veterans are required to attend these training classes. The trainer will assign weekly goals. Veterans are required to practice these skills and tasks with the dog outside of the structured training class hours.
Training can take six to nine months.
Upon graduation from the program, Veterans become a mentor for new program participants.