K9 Partners for Patriots

K9 Partners for Patriots

  • A unique 19-week service dog training program that teaches veterans to train and care for their own service dog from day one.
  • Founded by Mary Peter, CMDT. Mary has been training dogs since 1987 and has earned the respect of the public, law enforcement and veterinary community.
  • Partnered with St. Leo University and the University of Central Florida to conduct an evidence-based measure of the effect of service dogs with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, TBI and/or MST.
  • GuideStar Platinum Participant.

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. is a program solely dedicated to teaching veterans with PTSD, TBI, and/or MST to train their own service dogs.


To give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog

K9 Partners for Patriots

K9 Partners For Patriots program is unique in that they integrate the Veteran into the dog’s training in small group sessions from day one.  This allows the Veteran and dog to build a bond of trust, communication and companionship.  By doing this, they are able to assist the veteran in learning how to recognize their dog’s response to their personal needs.  The end result is to help them refocus on the task at hand instead of themselves and the issues that are causing their anxieties and redeem their sense of mastery.

Using a group technique of training helps the veteran to integrate back into a social environment which in turn, helps their family life and day-to-day living.  This, along with the physiological and psychological benefits of having the dog with them 24/7 is life changing for these men and women.  Those unable to leave their home are able, with the assistance of their dog, to gain independence which would not have been possible otherwise.

This training program, including the purchase of a dog, service vest and all equipment necessary is provided to the Veteran at no cost. In order to qualify for this program, the veteran must have an honorable discharge with DD214, must have a letter from Physician/Counselor or VA Award letter stating diagnosis of service-related PTSD or TBI, must provide a letter from Physician/Counselor that they are medically, mentally and physically able to handle the responsibilities of owning a dog and cannot be convicted of a felony, sexual offense or any type of animal abuse.

Veterans must be able to travel to the training campus for all weekly training sessions for a period of 19 weeks.


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