We provide service dogs, education and training to veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI within a 50 mile radius of Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Our dogs are fully screened, socialized and trained before they are matched with a Veteran. We teach Veterans how work with and care for a service dog. We match the Veteran and service dog based on the dog’s temperament and skills. We then custom train the dog for the Veteran’s particular needs. Finally, we work with the Veteran and their service dog in a wide variety of situations and support the Veteran as the service dog transitions into the home environment.
To be a veteran in one of our programs you must, at a minimum:
- Live within a 50 mile radius of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- Provide Soldier ON with a copy of your DD-214.
- Be actively participating in counseling through the VA.
- Provide a letter from a mental health professional stating diagnosis(es).
- Attend regular training classes in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 1 to 3 times per week
Puppy Raiser Program
Soldier ON Service Dogs, Inc. is in need of caring & responsible individuals to oversee basic training and socialization of our future service dogs during the first year of their lives.
A puppy raiser will welcome a puppy in our program into their home to get some basic training. Puppy raisers attend a weekly class to learn how to train their puppy guest. After 6-9 months, the puppy is brought back to our facility to work daily with our trainers!
Can you take a puppy for 12-14 months and help a veteran in NWA? It takes a special puppy to become a service dog!
Train the Trainer Program
Soldier ON has developed an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Program. The primary purpose of this program is to provide trainers with the knowledge needed to custom train a dog to PTSD or BIT level so they can assist Soldier ON with their training needs. In other words … come apprentice with us.