TMDTC Dog Training for Veterans

A unique training program run in conjunction with the Nevada Department of Veteran Services.

Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club has partnered with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to offer a training course for veterans and their dogs, free of charge! Veterans are encouraged to sign up for the 9-week training course offered to ultimately build trust between them and their canine companion while also reconnecting with other veterans.

 

NDVS Deputy Director of Healthcare Services, Amy Garland, expressed the importance of the program in a recent interview saying, “one of the most heavily cited protective factors for helping veterans overcome PTSD, depression, and other mental health challenges is having strong, healthy social connections. This program not only provides a sense of shared purpose but helps build strong connections between veterans with common interests.”

 

During the course, training will include aspects of obedience, agility, and other fun activities such as scent work. Participants will have the opportunity to explore areas of behavior they are most interested in improving with their dog, highlighting the comprehensive nature of the program’s training. In turn, veterans will have the opportunity to engage with others who have also served, providing an opportunity for camaraderie that some may be missing.

 

If you’re a veteran and would like to join the K-9 Corps for the next session, contact Rachel Jelenic, NDVS Program Manager, at (775) 825-9849 or jelenicr@veterans.nv.gov for more information. Participants meet at the Truckee Meadows Dog Training Center and other local locations during the 9-week course to prepare their dog for the Canine Good Citizen Test.