Tuition for Emotional Support Dog Trainer
Organized by: Dawn Brown
Thousands of veterans are returning back from overseas assignments and suffering from chronic depression and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many have found the comfort of a dog companion to be therapeutic and necessary to cope with daily stressors. While treatment is the step toward recovery, canines can provide the friendship and companionship veterans may need to face daily challenges. Here is where we come in: We provide emotional support dogs. Often our rescues are abandoned because of the owner’s inability or unwillingness to provide the daily care associated with pet ownership. Through no fault of its own, the rescue is discarded and often, in the case of Chow Chows, euthanized at the nearest shelter. Here at North Texas Chow Chow Haven, we rescue these throw-aways. We spay, neuter, microchip and rehabilitate chows. To that end, we want to have a Certified Trainer on board. Often the chows aloofness and indifference to strangers is misinterpreted as unfriendly. What many people don’t understand is the chow is very dedicated to its person. Once the chow realizes its person is not returning, he/she is very selective about who it chooses to hold its heart again. Sound familiar? Our vets and our chows are looking for the same thing—a companion in whom they can trust. Chows mind their own business and do not care what others think. Sound familiar? An emotional support dog does not need special training, but it must have basic obedience training. Often chows come to us without basic obedience training. It takes a special gift for a person who understands the uniqueness of the chow’s disposition combined with the basic precepts of dog obedience training to ensure our chows are ready to provide the emotional support our veterans deserve. According to the Veterans Affairs website, In most states, emotional support dogs do not have special permission to go to all public places like service dogs do. But, emotional support dogs are sometimes allowed special consideration. (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/dogs_and_ptsd.asp) Tuition to train one of our members to be a Certified Dog Trainer for our organization is $6500. Since our funds are strictly for the maintenance of our rescues, we cannot provide training with our limited funds. We have a higher purpose, and we need your assistance to help our veterans.