Soldier On Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We provide trained service dogs to Northwest Arkansas Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries, free of charge.
Because Arkansas has one of the highest per-capita veteran populations there are an estimated 2,500 Arkansans in need of service dogs. In fact, nearly 10% of Arkansans have served or currently serve in the military.
Look around you, they are our neighbors, our friends ….. our family.
To date, there has been a very limited offering of highly trained service dogs. There is no regulation when it comes to service dog trainers and no regulated certification for service dog teams, resulting in many inadequately trained dogs carrying the honored title of Service Dogs.
Our service dogs are trained by our specialists familiar with the needs of veterans, and we also train the veterans how to handle their service dogs in a variety of situations.
The Current Situation
There is currently a great need for properly trained service dogs for veterans in Northwest Arkansas and across the country.
The Veterans Administration only recognizes service dogs for veterans with sight, hearing or mobility issues. A study is being conducted by the Veterans Administration to validate veterans with PTSD can benefit from service dogs. We have directly witnessed the benefits a service dog can give to a veteran with these disabilities. In fact, there may be a direct link to the benefits of service dogs and the prevention of suicide in the veteran population.
Soldier On Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides Northwest Arkansas Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI with service dogs free of charge. Our service dogs are carefully chosen, matched to a veteran and custom trained to handle that veterans specific needs.
“The service dog has given me a purpose and a reason to do something. It gives me encouragement. Before I stumbled into Soldier ON Service Dogs, I thought that service dogs were only good for seeing eye dogs, or attack or search dogs, and they’re not. They are your best buddy, but you’ve got to learn to treat your best buddy as a best buddy and treat him right and he will treat you right.”
Do you like helping dogs and veterans? Help fund our training program with a tax deductible gift, honorary gift or memorial gift. We also have a ‘Wish List’ of items needed for our dogs, trainers and veterans.
NEWS & EVENTS
Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer
Come join Soldier On Service Dogs at Smitty’s Garage Burgers & Beer for an evening of great food and great drinks!
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: 4200 S. 48th St., Ste. 50
Rogers, AR 72758
Trivia Night with Core Brewing
Are you as good at trivia as you think you are? Better show up and see. It will be a great evening with a great group of people going for the title.
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Emma St. Pub
101 W. Johnson Ave., Suite D
Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Nash Back at Ya Car Show
Free admission, silent auction, and all the cars, trucks, bikes and motorcycles you’d want to see! Family friendly event.
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 100 N. Dixieland Rd.,
Rogers, AR 72756
Wish List Items
- Medium Gentle Leaders
- Nylabone Flexi Chew, Big Chews or Super Dura Chew Bones
- Harts Brand Chew n’ Clean Bones
- 3 Truckloads of Gravel
- 3 Truckloads of Concrete
- 100 Clipboards – Letter Size Pressed Board
Did You Know?
Only the best of the best dogs become service dogs. Sometimes, during the training process, it is determined a dog is not the right fit for a service dog. These dogs are then made available to the public for adoption. They come from high quality breeders and, at a minimum, have been taught basic obedience commands, and make exceptional pets.