What sets Paws for Veterans apart is that every dog is individually task trained for their owner’s specific disability as required by the Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Laws requires. Our dogs are not simply obedience trained pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals. The dogs that we provide to Veterans are true “service dogs”. Each Paws for Veterans dog is trained in specific tasks that help their owner with their disability. Examples of such tasks are: waking from nightmares, reminding to take medications, physically interrupting panic attack to stop it from escalating and then physically slowing the owner’s heart rate to bring anxiety level down, and relieving muscle pain caused by elevated stress and anxiety. Each Veteran assists in the training of their own dog which is required in psychiatric service dog training as no one can exactly replicate someone else’s symptoms, reactions, and body chemicals. This method in turn creates a stronger bond between the Veteran and their service dog as well as giving the Veteran the exciting feeling of accomplishment as they were a major part of teaching their service dog. These 2 points combined is what makes our methods and program so successful at truly helping our Nations Heroes with the medical disabilities.