Veteran Assistance Animal Guide

Dog Trainer Search

Companions For Heroes

Area Served: Nationwide for Companion Animals

Phone Number: 1.866.701.7553

Type Provide: Companion Animals, Assistance in locating trainer for Service Dogs.

Breed of Dog: Hero’s choice from Rescue shelter

Demographics: Veterans and family members, We also provide to First Responder (EMS, Firefighters, and Police Officers).  Buddy Program established in Maryland/DC area for Service Dog Training.  Only one per household allowed.

Wait Time: Average Wait is 1-3 months

Paws and Stripes

Location: Rio Rancho, NM

Area Served: New Mexico residents

Phone Number: 505-999-1201

Type Provided: Psychiatric Service Dogs and TBI Service Dogs training

Breed of Dogs: Healthy 2-4 year old rescues at least 50lbs.

Demographics: Veterans only

Wait Time: 18 months for enrollment, 6-12 months of training with your dog.

  • You will be required to attend weekly training with your chosen dog.
  • The animal, equipment and training will be provided, there is also in-house mental health counseling available. 
  • You must be Honorably discharged, Form 4 DD-214 is required to enroll in the program.   
  • A letter from your doctor stating you have PTSD/TBI is also required.

Soldiers Best Friend

Location and Area Served: Arizona

Type Provided: Training for Dogs

Breed of Dogs: Rescue dogs

Demographics: Veterans

  • Must meet with one of their trainers twice weekly for approximately 9 months.

Owner Training