Working Dogs For Vets
THE OFFICIAL 2017 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
NO VETERAN LEFT BEHIND!
Welcome New Members
Dog Training + Agility Course
Service Dog In Training
Attending Special Events
Training Your Service Dog
Supporting Your Charity's Mission
Shelters + Fosters
Meet the board
Agility Course because Service dogs need exercise too!
By providing your dog with proper diet and exercise, you will be keeping your dog healthy!
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We wanted to welcome you to our family! You are invited to our 3rd Annual Service dog training event that will be held October 6th-9th. In Lawrenceburg, TN
Please R.S.V.P at workingdogsforvets.org
-If you are in need of a dog to train with our support, we will search for good candidates that you can meet with to help determine if you and the dog are a match.
-If you have a dog that you would like to train as your service dog with our help, you must meet with one of our trainers to complete an evaluation.
You will be assigned a volunteer local to you. If we do not have a volunteer local to you, you may have to travel to one of our locations for support.
If travel is not an option, you may have to wait for us to find one local to you, which may take some time.
Should I go adopt a puppy?
No, especially if you have P.T.S.D. as Puppies will have to train through the housebreaking, crate training, chewing, and barking stages.
We will match you with a dog that is around 1 yr old from a foster home that knows basics, at a minimum and help you teach the dog the tasks necessary for them to become a service dog.
-Please contact us for more info.
"Dog Training + Agility Course"
Training for Success
W.D.F.V. will help you every
step of the way!
"Service Dog In Training"
Basic + Advanced Training
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Evaluating a Dog
What to Feed
Coming When Called
Tone of Voice
Sit & Stay
Turn Lights On/Off
Picking up items
And much more depending on what they need to help you!
When your service dog has passed basic and advanced obedience, and your volunteer trainer lets you know that your dog is now a service dog in training we will provide you with ID badges, certificates, information on ADA Laws, and Service Dog Training instructions. This means that your dog is ready to train to learn tasks while they are out in public with you.
Working Dogs For Vets In-House Service Dog Program
Working Dogs For Vets will train a service dog from start to finish for disabled veterans if their disability prevents them from training their own service dog through the No Veteran Left Behind Program.
On Average a service dog training for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D) takes six months to one year.
Many of the in-house service dogs have been trained tasks to help P.T.S.D coupled with another disability such as mobility support.
Some dogs have been trained over two years and then given to the disabled vet at no cost.
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Currently, Working Dogs For Vets National Headquarters based in Lawrenceburg , TN has 3 events yearly that members and supporters, are welcome to R.S.V.P and attend. The 3 events are our Spring Event, Memorial Day Event, and the October Event. These events are great to come show your support, volunteer, donate dogs, and receive training.
Additionally, branches Of Working Dogs for Vets across the U.S. will have special events that will be posted on our website and social media with the event information,we encourage you to participate and show your support!
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.
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Saving lives on both ends of each leash.
Veterans may need a dog you have!
Does your dog have what it takes?
Hundreds of Veterans have applied to the W.D.F.V program to help them train their own service dog. W.D.F.V will help Veterans with their service dog training. They will be paired with local professionals to help them train the dogs provided from foster programs throughout the United States.
If chosen, the dogs you have at home, shelters, or kennels will be trained as service dogs! Please understand these animals are the lucky ones. If chosen, they will be with a Veteran 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the life of the dog. Once they graduate as a service dog, they will be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. & Federal Laws. Once training begins, dogs become a part of our family and the Veteran's lives. Once ready, each dog accompanies the Veteran 24/7, wherever he/she goes, whatever he/she does they are together for life. W.D.F.V will support and follow each TEAM for life!
The Teams are cleared through their Veterans Administration Doctor, who has given a diagnosis for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D), or other disabilities. Providing the added security of a doctor's opinion that they will be able to participate in the training of their own service dog.
Outgoing, intelligent breeds are welcome at try out. Size is considered on a case by case basis. Dogs must be: between 6 months and 2 years of age, healthy, spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, groomed well without problem, with good eyesight, unimpaired hearing, and healthy extremities.
The Veteran and Dog begin training at the age 6 months to 2 years. Veterans should have the life of their dog, about 8-10 years to be able to work as a TEAM.
Basic obedience is the first objective for the TEAM. Throughout training, tasks are added to help the dog become a service dog. All the while we keep the dog interested by providing positive reinforcements. Dogs may be trained to turn lights on/off, alert the Veteran if someone comes from behind, called “blocking," or to advance past the Veteran as they walk in a crowd to act as a break, called “point,” to break a dream just long enough to re establish the Veteran into reality, or other tasks necessary to help veterans disabilities.
We look into the lifestyle of each TEAM to make sure that the dog is being placed into the right setting. This is addressed throughout the life of the TEAM.
Each TEAM is given a chance to bond. This is normally a 2 to 3 day time frame. A qualified volunteer from W.D.F.V. will access and evaluate to make certain the team is advancing in that bond. In the rare case the dog does not have what it takes to be a Service Dog after 3-4 months of training, they may be able to become an Emotional Support animal. W.D.F.V may contact you so that we make certain these dogs who are not service dog oriented, who have basic obedience are placed into homes.
Rest assured you are helping to provide the TEAM with a lifeline that will produce a positive outcome for you, the dog, the Veteran, and for our continued outreach to those who have given so much for our freedom here at home. Your reward is the success of each TEAM!
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We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization all donations are tax exempt.
Shelters + Fosters
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Supporting your charity
What can I do to help? There are many ways to get involved and help your charity so that we can continue to help others!
We ask every member to sign up to volunteer. This will allow us to help you find an opportunity that is a right fit for you!
It could be working with other teams as a leader, or helping with social media, raising funds, or one of many other projects.
You are needed! As a family member of Working Dogs For Vets, we need your help to accomplish our mission and cannot do it without your support!
We all must work on paying it forward, that is what makes this program a success!
American Gold Star Mothers Suicide Awareness Walk-a-Thon
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Walk Starts at 8:00AM
Begins at The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
-150 Washington Ave SW, Washington, DC
Finishes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
-5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington DC
Proceeds from this event will benefit Working Dogs For Vets
Working Dogs for Vets - 3rd Annual Veterans Benefit and Service Dog Training Event
Friday, October 6, 2017 - Monday, October 9, 2017
7AM - 8PM
-2781 HWY 43 North, Lawrenceburg, TN
We extend our sincere appreciation to our Sponsors & Partners, Without whom our season would not be possible. We invite you to support these community-minded organizations and businesses.
Sponsors and Donors
A special thanks to our Sponsors, Supporters, Partners, and Volunteers! Your contribution is what helps to make our program possible!
Working Dogs For Vets is Proud to recognize sponsors who join us in giving rescue dogs a chance and supporting our military heroes. There are different ways to partner with W.D.F.V. As a corporate partner, we will work together to create cause related and cross-promotional marketing opportunities, and offer inspiring fellowship through a shared purpose- supporting our veterans and rescue dogs. The commitment and financial support of our partners is critical to W.D.F.V.'s success. We hope you consider partnering with us as we continue to help our veterans with their recovery.
Working Dogs For Vets is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
WORKING DOGS FOR VETS
Visit Us At:
2781 Hwy 43 North
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464