Companions for Heroes offer two types of dogs, depending on the needs and qualification of each hero.
Companion Dogs – Complete a 1 – 2 month program, to earn the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification, which also includes the commands of sit and stay, bathroom outside, etc.
A Companion Dog’s primary function is to provide comfort or emotional support. They help the hero coping with psychological trauma because they require the hero to focus on the dog’s needs. Being walked, fed, groomed and played with redirects the hero’s focus from their troubles to that of the dog helping the hero regain a sense of purpose.
Service Dogs – Public Access training combined with specialized task training.
A Service Dog’s primary function is to do work or perform a task or tasks for the hero with severe disabilities and are granted public access to do so. A Service Dog can be particularly helpful to heroes affected by physical wounds, PTSD and anxiety because the dog can be calming, especially in public situations. A Service Dog can also be trained to guide heroes who are blind, alert heroes who are deaf, pull a wheelchair, alert and protect a hero who is having a seizure, remind a hero with mental illness to take prescribed medications and many other tasks.