K9s Blog

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.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 08:49
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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

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 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.



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


Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:24
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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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 15:53


In 2015, K9s For Warriors and the lab of Dr. Maggie O’Haire at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine began a collaboration to produce a first-of-its-kind research study.  The aim of the research was straight-forward: find empirical evidence that service dogs mitigate Post-traumatic Stress symptoms in post-9/11 veterans. PTSD symptoms can include debilitating anxiety, night terrors, uncontrollable anger, fear of public places, drug abuse, and even more tragically, suicide.  

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 15:21
R. Riveter logo

From two military spouses in an attic in 2011, to one of America's fastest growing companies today - R.Riveter is a mission-driven company redefining American manufacturing, one military spouse and handcrafted product at a time. Each R.Riveter handbag and accessory is carefully crafted by military spouses stationed across the country, making each product truly American Handmade.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:48

As the leading service dog organization for disabled American veterans, we are committed to service, education, transparency, and doing what is right. Unfortunately, there are others out there who lack this commitment. If you search “service dog” on the Internet, you will likely discover a gratuitous number of websites providing false service animal documents and aids (some going as far as to “coach” you in faking having a service dog). The actions of these imposters mislead the public and, frankly, abets the dishonest.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 14:08

As the first month of 2018 comes to a close, a great milestone has been achieved - the doors to our newest facility are now open. Located just outside of Gainesville, Florida, the Gold Family Campus was  donated to K9s For Warriors last year. Since then, the property has gone from a private, luxuary residence to a multi-purpose training facility. This incredible campus is nestled within 67 acres and includes: a stocked lake, pecan orchard, nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and much more.

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 15:53

K9s For Warriors’ Rory Diamond and Shari Duval are two individuals who go the distance when it comes to giving veterans a new leash on life.