Healing

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recovery
healing

lima compliant program
ADA Regulated

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Healing

assessment
recovery
healing

lima compliant program
ADA Regulated

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Begin a New Chapter

Program Details

Let's Start at the End

Benefits You Can Expect
  • Be in public without feeling threatened or hypervigilant
  • Having a buddy by your side, on duty 24/7, ready to alert at the onset of anxiety
  • Have a second set of trained eyes Watching-Your-6
  • Get to sleep and stay asleep because your dog is vigilant and ready to comfort
  • Enjoy and contribute to your children’s social and sporting events
  • Relieve much of the burden your spouse has had to ‘take care of you’
What is Being Said About Our Program
  • From Therapists:

    Therapy is often critical to a Veteran’s recovery. They learn important coping skills: being present, intentional, and under control. Learning to train and care for their own service dog can be a ‘force multiplier’ because the same skills are required.

  • From Students:

    I’ve learned how to work the 45min a day of training into my routine, and logging that into my training journal. I’m amazed at our progress. After only 3 months I’m seeing great changes in my dog and myself. I can do this!

  • From Graduates:

    Best decision of my life to train my dog in this program. It’s given me purpose & belief in myself again. And it’s the first thing I’ve started since being discharged that I finished. I did not expect the amount of support and camaraderie I had all the way through, it was amazing. I highly recommend this program.

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This is How You'll Achieve It

Our 8 Month Training Plan *

As an organization regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we will focus on training the dog to do specific tasks that will mitigate the Veteran’s diagnosed symptoms.

Our goal at SD4V is to build strong Veteran Service Dog Teams that will have a positive impact on the Veteran’s quality of life.

* If a Veteran Joins with a puppy, add six weeks for a puppy class when fully vaccinated. An online puppy class is also included.

Program Success

Looking for More Success Stories?

Program Intake

  • Paperwork
  • Training Goals
  • Lifestyle
  • Award Scholarship
  • Vet Payment: $99
  • Dog Procurement
    (If Needed)

Please note that if you want to train your own dog, SD4V does not accept Bully Breeds (purebred or mixes) into our Service Dog Program.

These breeds can be accepted into the Companion Dog program.

The suitability of any dog that a Veteran wants to enter the Service Dog program with will be discussed with our trainers during the intake process.

Companion Dog

3 Months

(Dog 6 mo. or older)

  • Beginner Obiedience
  • Intermediate Obedience

Service Dog

5 Months

(Dog must be spayed/ neutered)

  • Vet Payment: $99
  • Advanced Obiedience
  • Public Access
  • Graduation
The First Step

Reach
Out to Us

If you and your therapist think you’re far enough along in your therapy to take on the added responsibility of owning a dog and training in our program, you might consider this an opportunity whose time has come for you.

Request Application

Your Journey Starts

with sending a message.

SD4V Training Center
109 Woodruff Industrial Lane
Greenville, SC 29607

*When considering this program
keep in mind that we recommend
program
participants be within a
2 hour (200 Mile) driving distance.

*Please note that if you want to train
your own dog, SD4V does not accept
Bully Breeds (purebred or mixes) into
our Service Dog Program. These breeds
can be accepted into the Companion Dog
program. The suitability of any dog that
a Veteran wants to enter the Service Dog
program with will be discussed with our
trainers during the intake process.

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How is all this Possible ?

  • SD4V is community basedServing local veterans, rescuing local dogs, with strong community support both financially and with events.
  • Financial Support100% from our community. There is no financial support received from the Federal, State or Local government.
  • SD4V is a High Impact 501c3 Public CharityRun by business professionals and certified dog trainers, supported by an amazing team of over 20 volunteers, most of whom are veterans and SD4V graduates.
  • Program vs. AdministrativeOur charity creates confidence in donors because 94.8% of every dollar goes to Program versus Administrative costs
  • Superior Training Model

    LIMA Compliant. Employs incentive based training, and produces the best ‘bag for the buck’ of any model out there.

    When Veterans ‘earn’ their service dog by being taught to train their own dog, they experience on average a 48% reduction in their symptoms by the time they graduate, and other significant quality of life benefits.

Helping Veterans Heal

With the Help of
Our Local Merchants

SD4V is grateful to all our local merchants who allow us to conduct Public Access training and welcome our Service Dogs in training.

Lowe’s, Walmart, Cabela’s, Target, Kohl’s, and TJ Maxx have also been great facilities to train in.

Thank You!

Help a Veteran

Interested in
Contributing ?

Here are some of the benefits you’ll be providing with your contribution.

  • Everyday confidence for healing
  • A step forward to an improved life
  • Long-term reduction in life-limiting symptoms
  • Rescue a shelter dog and provide a partner for a Veteran
  • Create lasting impact for our active and retired service members
  • Email Us!communityoutreach@sd4v.org

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