How do you recognize Veteran's Day? If you never participated in the US Service, you may not have a reason to. There are countless veterans in the country that have been through more than we will ever know. They require assistance and companionship they might not be able to find through other people.
That is where service and guide dogs come in to save these heroes! These dogs help veterans of all ages and abilities. They are able to provide the care service men and women cannot otherwise provide for themselves when they return home.
Guide dogs specifically aid in caring for the blind. They act as a navigator for their owner. Service dogs care for those with disabilities that prevent them from carrying out everyday tasks. Both service and guide dogs are allowed in public places with few exceptions. They need to be on-demand for their owner.
There is training dogs and veterans must go through before they can be matched together. It is a large responsibility! Meeting with trainers, grooming requirements, and certification exams are necessary before any arrangement can be made.
According to This Able Veteran, a program dedicated to matching vets with service dogs, the most popular breeds for service dogs include Collies, Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and German Shepherds. Service and guide dogs must have control over their temperament and be able physically to perform tasks for veterans.
Often times, a VA Program will connect a veteran with a service dog team. The goal is to get veterans comfortable and capable of independent living. For most veterans, this is a huge step in rejoining life after the helmet comes off.