Service dogs provide physical and emotional support to veterans who are in need of a companion to improve their quality of life.
Applicants must agree to follow Warrior Canine Connection and Assistance Dogs International standards of care and ethics for working dogs; including adhering to all exercise, health, behavior and training regiments. In addition, all applicants must commit to maintaining the training level of each dog and give it opportunities to use its skills. Applicants must also attend a 2-3 week training camp at WCC headquarters and participate in ongoing follow-up visits and training for the lifetime of the partnership.
There is no fee for the dog or for the training.
Service Dog Applicants Must:
Be a Veteran or in the later stages of the process of medical evaluation for separation from the military.
Have the support and a referral from your Health Care Provider for obtaining an assistance dog.
Have a physical or psychiatric disability that impacts your quality of life, independence and ability to engage in activities of daily living.
Be able to describe how an assistance dog would help increase your independence and engagement in daily occupations.
Be willing and able to provide for the dog’s physical, emotional and financial needs.
If applying for a service dog for a physical disability, you must have completed your in-patient rehabilitation program and/or be at least one (1) year post-injury/onset of disability.
If applying for a service dog for a psychiatric disability, you must be successfully engaged in your individualized treatment program related to your specific diagnosis for a minimum of six months.
Strive to have a positive, “can do” attitude and effectively implement emotional regulation tools/techniques as needed.
Have a stable home environment and support of all other household and family members.
Have a desire for more independence.
Be financially stable.
Have an open mind and willingness to learn.
Be able to attend an intensive two (2) week Team Training Camp at WCC headquarters, as well as cover airfare, accommodations, and transportation. In some cases Warrior Canine Connection may be able to assist with accommodation and transportation costs.
How To Apply
If you feel that you meet the requirements for a service dog, please request an application via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1996, Licensed Social Worker Rick Yount received an unexpected Christmas present from two friends who were veterans of Operation Desert Storm: Gabe, an eight-week-old Golden Retriever puppy. A year later, Gabe accompanied Rick to ...