Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 38464 1 (843) 647-4357
Working Dogs For Vets Mission is to provide service dogs and training to veterans in need, empowering them as they return to civilian life with a new found independence, while simultaneously reducing the overcrowding in animal shelters. The No Veteran Left Behind Program allows veterans who are able, to help train their own service dog. They are matched with a dog from a local shelter or if they own a dog, after an evaluation, they might be able to train their own dog. We also locate a local volunteer for veteran/dog teams. Volunteers are either a member of our Service Dog training network, a local member of Law enforcement, military, or k9 handlers throughout the United States. Working Dogs For Vets provides veterans with training instructions from start to finish. Volunteers check in with teams to ensure they are making progress in their training. We provide volunteers & veterans with ID badges, certificates, information on A.D.A. laws, and information on dog training and task training. Some tasks include medication alert, blocking someone from approaching too quickly, removing veterans from stressful situations, and much more. In return, after veteran/service dog teams successfully complete the program, they must help another team. This has resulted in some groups meeting at local parks to help each other in training their service dogs. That is where the healing is – veterans helping veterans; so No Veteran is Left Behind. We hope to have trainers at every military base and in every major city throughout the country within 3-5 years. Our training program’s Veteran/dog teams receive volunteer support, Training & Testing, Basic/Advanced Obedience, Socialization, and Public Access. When your dog reaches service dog In training status you will receive instructions to help with task training so that they will be able to help mitigate your disability. Once your dog learns the tasks and passes the final test your dog will be a Service Dog Graduate.