Our mission as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization is to assist, employ, and empower veterans, active military, and first responders who have PTSD, TBI, and/or mobility limitations. The training program trains amazing service dogs to greatly improve quality of life for each client.
Our service dogs greatly improve the veterans’ quality of life, independence, and sense of being unconditionally loved, respected and protected by a service dog. Next Step Service Dogs are often rescue dogs trained to perform specific tasks and worked as described by the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
Next Step Service Dogs trains dogs to be a psychiatric service dogs. Standard service dog tasks include getting help, turning on lights, balance support, and retrieval [to name a few]. Next Step Service Dogs trains additional tasks such as helping a veteran gauge the safety of their surroundings; allowing them to venture into public places without constantly scanning for snipers, hidden bombs and other dangers. Our service dogs reassure our clients; allowing them to learn trust and care again – and maybe even smile for the first time in months, or years.
Next Step hires veterans as trainers. This further enhances the bonds and effectiveness of our trainer-dog-veteran teams.
At this time we are creating Next Step Training Chapters throughout the country.