Our Teaching Methods for people are similarly patient and kind. Our lessons and teaching focus upon guiding our human learners on their own personal journeys to uncover a deeper understanding of how they might interact with their dogs with confidence, love, and trust, while teaching their dogs to offer support in times of need.
The people in our program learn to give in equal measure with how they receive from their dog partners. Time spent in our program is an investment in future assistance from empathic, intuitive, trained service dogs. Our program is not easy, but it is achievable.
The results of completing the AVSDA’s 18 month training program include an exemplary working service dog trained by the veteran partner under our guidance, and a deeper sense of understanding, confidence, trust, and social connection for both the veteran and his or her service dog.