VMF’s service dog training protocol includes:
• Socialization and obedience skills training
• Basic service skills including water bottle retrieval, laundry assistance, medicine bag retrieval, exit door recognition, shopping assistance, etc.
• Regular evaluation and assessment by third party, professional dog-training organizations
• Therapy dog certification by nationally recognized, professional, animal-assisted therapy organizations at 12-15 months of age
• Advanced training tailored to meet matched veterans specific needs and home/work environment
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