Our Service Dogs

Our K-9’s are rescued through the Humane Society and local animal shelters. They are put through rigorous temperament tests and obedience training before beginning training as a service dog. Every K-9 will be trained by our certified service dog trainers to fit each veteran’s specific situation.

Veterans will be educated on the use of service animals – how they help people with disabilities and the laws that protect them.

Each K-9 and veteran handler will pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen program and the Assistance Dogs International Public Access Test, sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge, and register with the US Service Dog Registry before graduation. Identification is especially important for individuals using service dogs with “invisible” disabilities such as PTSD, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that may not be immediately apparent to others.

Upon graduation, veterans and their K-9 battle buddies will receive lifetime support from Silver Paw Ranch and its staff in the form of consultation and continued education. A 1-800 phone line will provide around-the-clock access for wounded warriors seeking assistance.

 TRAINING FOR EVERYDAY LIFE SITUATIONS:

Recognizing cues and social interactions

TSA airport screening and boarding an aircraft

Agility training, play, and potty time

Navigating crowded public places

Using escalators and elevators

Diet, exercise, and grooming

Eating in restaurants

Shopping with a cart