To instill within veterans battling PTSD a sense of independence, confidence, and freedom through training their own service dog.
How long does service dog training take? On average, it takes 9-12 months to train an adult dog to become a service dog. That includes basic obedience training on your part, prior to service dog training.
What if I already have a dog I want to be my service dog? Great! On your application, please indicate you have a dog you want to train to be your service dog. We will contact you regarding evaluation of your dog.
What if I don't have a dog yet? No problem. We'll reach out to local humane societies and breeders of merit to connect you with a dog. Your dog belongs to you and lives with you.
Does the VA cover my costs or training? No, we are not affiliated with the VA, nor any other service dog training organization or entity. Your training is free to you thanks to generous donors and sponsors, and grant funding.
Where does training take place? Training is in Gainesville, FL. You'll meet weekly with your trainer at our office at first, then in public settings.
To better serve the veterans in our program, office hours are by appointment only.
4131 Northwest 13th Street, Suite 104 Gainesville, Florida 32609, United States