Valor Service Dogs trains and places Facility Dogs with qualified clinicians or staff members in a health care, office or dispatch setting that supports wounded soldiers, active military or first responders. Facility Dogs provide emotional support to patients, clients and staff and can be used by their handler to motivate and encourage the people around them. Facility Dogs live with their handler and are only allowed public access to the specific facility at which their handler is employed. A Facility Dog is like a therapy dog, but it works full-time at a facility under care and supervision of its handler. Dogs selected to become facility dogs are highly motivated by interaction with people, are affectionate, have low to moderate energy, and are calm indoors. They have undergone extensive obedience training and know a breadth of skills that can be used in a therapeutic way.
Facility Dogs can help staff/clients/patients improve program participation, increase motivation, promote social interaction, increase feelings of security, create a more home-like environment, and improve overall morale.
Although the dog will be placed as a facility dog, ultimate responsibility for the dog must reside with a single person, the “handler”. It is expected that the dog will accompany the handler to work daily and go home with the handler each night so that the dog can enjoy a normal and loving home life.
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Please note that the wait list for receiving a facility dog can be two years long