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Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy®

Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy

Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy®, also referred to as Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapeutic Intervention, is simple; those with PTSD, TBI and/or MST help PPH trainers with service dog training. Soothing, light-hearted contact with PPH puppies and dogs, together with caring and capable trainers, eases a Warrior’s symptom severity.

It helps suffering Warriors learn all over again how to trust. Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy gently guides Warriors to learn once again how to connect with others, both dogs and humans. Over time, Warriors who participate regain that sense of purpose that comes with accomplishing an important mission – training a lifelong service companion for other comrades in need. After all, the need to serve is built into a Warrior, just as it a dog.

The great part about Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy  is that all it requires is a place to work with and care for dogs. At Paws for Purple Hearts, we are flexible on where we conduct Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy. We can do it at our facilities, at a Veterans Administration (VA) facility, a Department of Defense or related site.

Service Dog Placement

Like everything else we do at PPH, placing a service dog with its ideal Warrior recipient is a science. Using Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and mixes of these two breeds, all of our dogs are bred by Bergin College experts. Just like a Warrior, a PPH dog is truly born to serve.

Once a service dog is trained and ready to serve, PPH uses Bergin’s scientifically rigorous matching methodology. We test personality characteristics of both dog and Warrior, and match them based on test results. Our disciplined process ensures a successful, lasting, and effective partnership for each Warrior and service dog pair.

Our service dogs are completely trained in accordance with Begin University’s rigorous professional training processes prior to being matched with the Warrior the service dog will be placed with for the remainder of its life. Please note: Paws for Purple Hearts does not work with individuals to train their own dogs to become service dogs.

Facility Dog Placement

Impacting hundreds of people daily, the aim of the Paws for Purple Hearts’ Facility Dog program is to spread love and joy throughout a health/human services care facility. Together with its handler, a highly trained PPH dog roams a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center, a military hospital or a similar facility.

Our dogs provide a friendly face to engage patients, families and staff. With a loving shake of a paw, they lift moods and boost morale. With a gentle snuggle, they build a welcoming atmosphere and promote healing. A PPH facility dog provides the real comfort of home for those who unfortunately cannot be.

A PPH facility dog’s caregiver is the prime contact person and handler at a host facility. The caregiver manages daily activities and routine dog care, while PPH staff provides support as needed.

A great video about PPH Facility Dog Patsy.

We Need Your Support

Donations to Paws for Purple Hearts can change a Warrior’s life from hopelessness to optimism.

Your generous, tax-deductible donation helps thousands of Warriors facing the visible and invisible wounds of war.  Our Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy helps them heal as they help others – all with the goal of raising top tier service dogs for Veterans and active duty Service Members with mobility and trauma challenges.

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