Service Dog Training Program

Giving veterans and homeless dogs a second chance at life

Purpose, Hope
& Healing

Solely Dedicated to Veterans and Service Members from all Eras and Conflicts.

Veterans are regaining their independence, making new friends, experiencing improved family relationships and quality of life.
No Charge!
To Veterans or Service Members

Unique Approach to Service Dogs

Service dog Training Program for Veterans with PTSD • TBI • MST

Veterans with PTSD, TBI and MST Learn to Train Their Own Service Dogs

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. is helping veterans win the war against suicide, depression and anxiety with our Service Dog Training Program.

With their new battle buddy by their side, veterans are finding purpose, hope, and healing in small group training sessions among other veterans facing the same struggles.

We are NOT limited to post 9/11 veterans! We serve all veterans from every era.

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We're Different

Our service dog training program is unique in that the veteran trains their own service dog from day one. This allows the veteran and their canine to build a bond of trust, communication and companionship.

On Campus Training

The veteran must be willing and able to travel to the
K9 Partners for Patriots Training Facility in Brooksville, Florida
once a week for 90 minute group training sessions.

Certified Instructors

Led by Mary Peter, nationally known, Certified Master Dog Trainer. Our instructors provide one-on-one guidance and assistance in classes that don’t exceed 10 veteran / service dog teams per class.

Recognize & Refocus


The K9 Partners for Patriots Service Dog Training Program is unique from other organizations providing service dogs. 

  1. The veteran is taught to train their own service dog in small group classes of no more than 10 teams per session.
  2. There are no waiting lists. We get the veteran involved right away. The longest a veteran will have to wait is for the next Basic Level Class to begin. In the meantime, the veteran is required to come to the training campus at least once a week to observe a training class.
  3. Our program including training, dog, and all equipment is completely FREE to the veteran.

This type of approach and venue enables us to assist the veteran in learning how to recognize their dog’s response to their personal needs. The objective is to refocus the veteran on the task at hand instead of themselves and the distractions that are causing their anxieties. In time, the veteran begins to redeem their sense of mastery.

Veterans that have been unable to leave their homes come to the K9 P4P facility where they are safe and accepted. Eventually, with the assistance of their dog, they’re able to visit other public places which would not have otherwise been possible.

Trading Isolation for Socialization


Using our group technique of service dog training, a dynamic emerges that may not be apparent at first glance. In these group training sessions the veteran is trading a life of isolation for a life of socialization among other veterans with in-common challenges and similar pursuits. Family relationships, day to day living and quality of life improve. They are integrating themselves back into society.

The physiological and psychological benefits for these veterans of having their service animal with them 24/7 is life changing for these men and women.

Service Dog Training Levels

Basic Veteran Service Dog Training Class for PTSD and TBI


During the Veteran and Service Dog Basic Training Class, the veteran works on training their service dog to heel, sit, stay, down, come and stand in a distracting setting.
Graduate Veteran Service Dog Training Class


During the Veteran and Service Dog Graduate Training Class, veterans work on training their service dogs using hand signals, down and sit from the front, stand front and post commands.
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