Qualifying Criteria

Service Dog Training Program

The K9 Partners for Patriots Service Dog Training Facility is located in Brooksville, Florida. You must be able and willing to come to the training facility once a week for 19 consecutive weeks for training classes. You are also required to visit the training facility for 3-weeks prior to beginning training to demonstrate committment.

If you live in another state unfortunately, our program may be out of your reach unless you are able to make arrangements for an extended stay.

Do I Qualify?

UPDATE – 12/11/2017

K9 Partners for Patriots was established for the sole purpose of helping veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or MST obtain service dogs and provide a safe place for them to socialize and establish new friendships as they develop coping skills while they reintegrate back into civilian life. Everyone at K9 P4P has a deep and genuine desire to help these service men and women. Although we are not in any way changing our qualifying criteria, we are, for the sake of clarification, updating the verbiage for our qualifying criteria. 

The qualifying criteria are simple but are all mandatory.

Please be advised: to help us identify candidates who fit the mission of this program, a background check is performed on every applicant on the day of the first interview.


    Each applicant must have an “HONORABLE” Discharge from the United States Armed Forces to be eligible for enrollment. Applicant must provide a copy of DD214 Long Form showing HONORABLE under Character of Service. A “General- Under Honorable Conditions” is not the same as an “HONORABLE” discharge and cannot be accepted.

    Applicant must provide a letter on official letterhead from Physician/Counselor or VA stating diagnosis of service related PTSD, TBI, and/or MST. The letter must also state that you are medically, mentally and physically able to handle the responsibilities of owning and training a dog.


    In order to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your application, PLEASE DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE and give it to your physician/counselor or VA.

  3. Individuals convicted of a felony, domestic violence, sexual offense of any kind and/or any type of animal mistreatment abuse, neglect or cruelty are ineligible.