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It is our goal to assist veterans and their families with regaining independence through the use of a service dog ‐ whether it is for emotional or physical needs. All American Assistance Dogs (AAAD) is founded on the belief that when veterans are involved in the process, it makes the end result much more rewarding. We believe that bridging the gap between dependence and freedom with the use of a specially trained service dog is priceless. Many disabled veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD as well
as depression, the service dog plays a crucial role in the emotional stability of the veteran which results in a lifelong companionship.
Our veterans served are located here in the Washington State and surrounds area.
The objective of All American Assistance Dogs is to fund the cost of the all aspects of housing and raising during the fostering, and purchase of health insurance for the puppy to continue into their time as service dogs. The dogs are also sent off with their equipment and service vest. Upon graduation, the team is presented with a service vest which is made of the soldiers fatigues.
The work for the bonding of the veteran / dog team begins when they are matched. Training continues as the team goes through several steps mandatory to becoming a service dog.
- Adult obedience
- Advanced obedience
- Canine Good Citizen
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And the specialized training needed to provide physical and/or emotional support for the veteran. All training is specialized to fit each veteran and their specific needs, whether it be individual or small group training sessions.
- Susan Evans
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