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TMDTC Dog Training for Veterans

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

Veterans K9 Corps

A unique training program offered at NO COST to veterans (and immediate family members of Veterans if space is available) in partnership with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. This 7-week training course teaches you to help your dog behave appropriately at home and on-the-go, while engaging with other Veterans in a fun and helpful veteran peer-support environment.

The first class is Orientation; do not bring your dog to the first class. Puppies may begin as early as 10 weeks, provided they have received a minimum of two doses of puppy Distemper/Parvo-virus shots prior to the first night of class. Dogs six months of age or older must have proof of Rabies vaccination or proof of current titers in addition to the Distemper/Parvo-virus shots.

Veterans will have the opportunity to explore areas of behavior they are most interested in improving with their dog and have the chance to certify their dog as an AKC Canine Good Citizen. Emphasis is on the basic training needed to make your dog a good companion, walk on a loose leash, sit, stand, down, stay in position, and come when called. You will also learn about nutrition, grooming and problem solving. Other fun activities can include agility, scent work, and tricks. This class is a good starting foundation if you have plans of making your dog a future Emotional Support Dog or Service Dog.

NDVS Veterans Health Care Champion Program Manager, Rachel Jelenic, expressed the importance of the program by 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.”

If you’re a Veteran and would like to join the K-9 Corps for the next session, contact Kat Miller, Truckee Meadow Dog Training Club’s Veterans Programs Manager, at (253) 988-7304 or for more information.

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