K9s Blog

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 15:26
PAWS Act

The PAWS Act of 2019 – a bill designed to provide funding for service dogs for veterans - was introduced to Congress on June 5th by Florida Congressman John Rutherford. If passed, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a $25,000 voucher for a service dog to veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

An excerpt from our press release explains more:

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 13:32
PTSD Month

PTSD is real. It’s serious, and it’s relentless.

For our veterans who suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder causes nightmares, anxiety, depression, broken relationships, sleepless years, and the worst: suicidal ideation.

But at K9s For Warriors, we fight back every day. For years we’ve said that Service Dogs work. That they help heal our warriors from PTSD, help them reintegrate into society, and ultimately save their lives.  We have 544 graduate teams (and counting) to support those claims. 

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 14:11
volunteers of K9s For Warriors

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of Service Canines for post-9/11 veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and/or MST. We assist veterans who live across the entire country by pairing them with a trained Service Canine, providing three weeks of training for each warrior-canine team to progress through together, and send the pair home as battle buddies. This is a massive process that requires all hands on deck, and we could never accomplish this without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 10:40
Fundraising for suicide awareness

Thanks for your interest in hosting a fundraiser for K9s For Warriors for your birthday!

What’s this all about? Last year, we noticed how generous Facebook users were in holding birthday fundraisers to benefit our program.  January is a time of new hopes and wishes for the coming year, so we thought we’d start a campaign to help you spread those hopes and wishes to our nation’s heroes suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 09:44
Service Dog

It’s that season when we're all thinking about some of our favorite things from the past year, like in Julie Andrews’ famous tune, “My Favorite Things.” We’re easily filled with warm, fuzzy feelings about the simple, yet significant substance of our lives, whether it be people, pets, pastimes, or brown paper packages tied up with string.  Here at K9s For Warriors, we wanted to share our favorite things from the year.  Join us as we look back with gratitude at all the wonderful “things” that made this year well worth remembering.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:09
trainer with dog

The hardest part about being a dog trainer

 

Dog trainers have a very special role in our organization. They are the liaisons between the animal and human worlds. Each trainer has a specific reason for choosing a career as a dog trainer, but as you could imagine, they all love working with dogs. Not every moment as a dog trainer is ideal, though. Our trainers shared their thoughts on the hardest parts of being trainers.

 

Jenny:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 08:49
trainer teaching dog

Favorite Part of Training

Our dogs are very intelligent and achieve many milestones during their time at Camp K9; the process seems so natural, it is easy to take for granted. From the moment a dog is rescued, to the moment a dog graduates, and every second in-between, our trainers are developing the skills, correcting the behaviors, and shaping the personalities of our future service dogs. There is not a specific step in the process that is more important than the next; however, our trainers do have their favorite parts.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 13:00
Smooch Your Pooch wall image

We’re glad you want to be part of the K9s Smooch Your Pooch Movement!  You’ll be joining thousands of others in the biggest effort yet to save the lives of rescue dogs and military heroes.

If you’re wondering what to do, simply read through this infographic.  Most importantly: make sure you’re following the movement on our Facebook page, and when you post, donate $5, tag 5 friends, and use #k9spoochsmooch and @k9sforwarriors!  Then, check out all the other selfies and videos posted by fellow “pawsome” supporters like you.

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 13:01
Service Dog

Service Dog Behavior

Not every dog is cut out for the working life. So what does it take? Here’s what our dog trainers had to say about what makes a seemingly ordinary rescue dog into a great service dog.

 

Jenny:

“Calm… eager to please… has the desire to be around people.”

Konnor:

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:24
military, ptsd, soldier, veteran

Dear PTSD Caregiver,

You likely know this – but symptoms of PTSD can appear anywhere from one month to years after a traumatizing event occurs. These symptoms are debilitating. We understand that your warrior may no longer seem like the person you once knew; it is very difficult to see them in such a dark place. The truth is... witnessing this takes a toll on you, as well. PTSD can impact marriages, children, and families in unimaginable ways. This is not your fault. This is not your warrior's fault. We understand. It's okay.