At Paws 4 Boots, we believe that service dogs provide comfort, relaxation, and unconditional support when the effects of PTSD are triggered. We work to make sure that the service dogs have the right personalities, are trained in obedience, and trained to provide optimal support for the human Battle Buddy when his or her PTSD stress increases. Both human and canine Battle Buddies work together to form a relationship unique to them that can’t be broken.
A PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING:
In the summer of 2013, Rory was promoting dog training and education at a local pet supermarket. While he was there, a former Air Force JAG Officer, Tony, and his wife approached him and started talking about their own personal dogs. Tony and Rory agreed that dogs are very therapeutic for all needs, and with their prior military experience they knew how vital a service dog could be to a returning hero with PTSD in his or her therapy to cope with the stresses of war. It was at that point that Tony decided to donate Marley to Rory to continue her training as a service dog and at the same time Paws 4 Boots was born. Tony continues to provide business support and guide to Rory as he works with the dogs. While in the early stages of Paws 4 Boots development, Rory met Meg, who also has a passion for animals and supporting troops. A few months down the road, Rory had a Veteran apply for a service dog, the veteran was paired with up with a Battle Buddy Service Dog. After a short period of time realizing how much he benefited from the services of Paws 4 Boots, he just knew he had to help out anyway possible. Paws 4 Boots has Volunteers who help Rory do various functions while he dedicates his time to training the dogs and pairing them with a Veteran.
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