Service Dogs for Military Veterans

Qualifying Criteria



Applicant must be an active or former Military Veteran
with a diagnosis of service-related PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress),
TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and or MST (Military Sexual Trauma).

Service in combat is NOT a requirement.

Post 9/11 service is NOT required.

A VA Disability percentage rating is NOT required.

Honorable Discharge

Each applicant must provide a DD214 Long Form stating Character of Service.

Felony Convictions are Ineligible

Felony convictions, domestic violence, sexual offenses, or animal mistreatment, abuse, neglect, or cruelty disqualify you from this program.

Diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, MST

You must provide a letter from a physician, counselor, or VA stating:

~ diagnosis of service-related PTSD, TBI, and/or MST.

~ you are medically, mentally, and physically able to handle the responsibilities of owning and training a dog.

The letter must be printed on the official letterhead of the provider. To avoid unnecessary delays in processing your application,


and give it to your physician, counselor, or VA.


Program Requirements


A strong desire to heal and do the work.

You must be able and willing to attend and complete the entire 24-Week Service Dog Training Course. 90-minute classes are held once a week for 21 consecutive weeks.

Prior to starting classes, veterans are required to visit the campus on 3 different occasions to observe a training class as a demonstration of commitment. This is 3 seperate visits to the training campus in addition to the 21-week training course, for a total of 24-weeks.

The enrolling veteran must have a reliable email account that is checked on a regular basis. This is critical to ensure that K9 Partners for Patriots trainers can communicate important messages and correspondence with students.

Do You Live in Another State?

If you are able to arrange for an extended stay in central Florida, fulfill the program requirements, and complete the entire course, you are welcome to enroll!

K9 Partners for Patriots in unable to assist with travel or accommodations expenses at this time.

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