Our veterans, animals, and Warrior Freedom staff meet one evening each week as a team to train and engage as a group. In addition, our veterans meet privately with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessment (CPDT-KA) for individualized training once a week. Therefore, each veteran is engaging with Warrior Freedom staff, trainers. and dogs twice a week during our training program. Positive training techniques are utilized to build the relationships between veterans and dogs. For this reason, we take extreme consideration when determining our training methods and which animals are ready for this critical task.
Veterans are introduced to the trainers, mentors, and each other. They review expectations, dog health, and become acclimated to the environment.
We train the dogs professionally for a short time and integrate the veterans in the process. Dogs are trained to meet the requirements of the Public Access Test (PAT) and in specific tasks tailored to the personal needs of each veteran. Some examples of tasks our dogs are trained to carry out include:
We believe in training the veteran to train the dog. This provides a deeper connection between each veteran and dog, as well as the entire group. This period equips them with the skills to continue training while reconnecting them with the society they defended.