Soldier's Best Friend rescues many dogs from shelters as candidates for training

SOLDIER’S BEST FRIEND | TOUCHING 2 LIVES AT ONCE

Soldier’s Best Friend provides United States military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once, and inspires countless others.

A Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog provides constant support that can make it easier for veterans to readjust to civilian life and manage symptoms such as :

  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Irritability

  • Reclusive Behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Uneasiness in Crowded Places
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Soldier’s Best Friend is an Arizona-based nonprofit. Currently, training is offered in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Sierra Vista. On average, veteran/dog teams complete training in 6-9 months. Veterans with a confirmed diagnosis of PTSD or TBI who live in Arizona or are willing to relocate to Arizona for the duration of training are welcome to apply.

THE LIFE CHANGING DIFFERENCE FOR VETERANS

Hear from veterans how the Service Dog Program has changed their lives for the better. Dr. John Burnham, Founder, started Soldier’s Best Friend in 2011 after witnessing the bond between veterans and their dogs in his veterinary practice. Soldier’s Best Friend built a 4800 sq ft Training Center in 2016 as a part of their Training Campus, a unique facility and program in the State of Arizona.

Soldier’s Best Friend would like to sincerely thank Lillian Donahue for her amazing work promoting our organization through the making of this video.

7TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Support veteran/dog teams by participating in our 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament as an event sponsor and/or registering to play in the tournament. Event proceeds will be used to help provide training, equipment, veterinary care and support for the veteran/dog teams at no cost to the veteran.

SOLDIER’S BEST FRIEND | TOUCHING 2 LIVES AT ONCE

Soldier’s Best Friend provides United States military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once, and inspires countless others.

A Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog provides constant support that can make it easier for veterans to readjust to civilian life and manages symptoms such as :

  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Irritability
  • Reclusive Behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Uneasiness in Crowded Places
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Soldier’s Best Friend is an Arizona-based nonprofit. Currently, training is offered in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Sierra Vista. On average, veteran/dog teams complete training in 6-9 months. Veterans with a confirmed diagnosis of PTSD or TBI who live in Arizona or are willing to relocate to Arizona for the duration of training are welcome to apply.

THE LIFE CHANGING DIFFERENCE FOR VETERANS

Hear from veterans how the Service Dog Program has changed their lives for the better. Dr. John Burnham, Founder, started Soldier’s Best Friend in 2011 after witnessing the bond between veterans and their dogs in his veterinary practice. Soldier’s Best Friend built a 4800 sq ft Training Center in 2016 as a part of their Training Campus, a unique facility and program in the State of Arizona.

Soldier’s Best Friend would like to sincerely thank Lillian Donahue for her amazing work promoting our organization through the making of this video.

7TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Support veteran/dog teams by participating in our 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament as an event sponsor and/or registering to play in the tournament. Event proceeds will be used to help provide training, equipment, veterinary care and support for the veteran/dog teams at no cost to the veteran.

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Phillip and Taco

“Before starting training I really never left my house without my wife.  Once training started I found that I get out daily and actually enjoy myself.  Having Taco with me makes me feel like my six is covered.  Our relationship in general has grown as well.  He is my best friend and I rarely leave home without him. Thank you SBF.”

Graduated 2017

Tyloe and Lopy

“Lopy has really helped me become more of myself.  I leave the house more, I work with her, and I train with her.  She brings me happiness.  She wakes me up during nightmares.  In public she really watches out for me and I do the same for her.  I have her do a rear post almost all the time.  She always lets me know if someone or thing is behind me.  Lopy and I are a very good team.  All the training thanks to SBF has been greatly appreciated!”

Graduated 2017

Ric and Wilfred

“My experience with Soldier’s Best Friend has been life changing. Coping with civilian life has become more manageable. I often imagine how simple life is for my buddy Wilfred… it keeps it all in perspective. When things get to be too much, my buddy is there. From the restless nights to the difficult situations, I have something that has been an elusive possibility…. I have hope again. I consider myself fortunate to have had this opportunity. Having this service animal has given me both an outlet for coping and restored much of my confidence. Thanks Soldier’s Best Friend and the generous donors who made this all possible.”

Graduated 2014

Mike and Maddy

“I have been in Soldier’s Best Friend for six months. Before I started the program I had severe depression and rarely left my house. Since I got Maddy my life has much more purpose and my depression has gone away. My PTSD symptoms are much less severe. I am also much more comfortable leaving my house. I highly recommend the program to other vets.”

Graduated 2012

Phillip and Taco

“Before starting training I really never left my house without my wife.  Once training started I found that I get out daily and actually enjoy myself.  Having Taco with me makes me feel like my six is covered.  Our relationship in general has grown as well.  He is my best friend and I rarely leave home without him. Thank you SBF.”

Graduated 2017

Tyloe and Lopy

“Lopy has really helped me become more of myself.  I leave the house more, I work with her, and I train with her.  She brings me happiness.  She wakes me up during nightmares.  In public she really watches out for me and I do the same for her.  I have her do a rear post almost all the time.  She always lets me know if someone or thing is behind me.  Lopy and I are a very good team.  All the training thanks to SBF has been greatly appreciated!”

Graduated 2017

Ric and Wilfred

“My experience with Soldier’s Best Friend has been life changing. Coping with civilian life has become more manageable. I often imagine how simple life is for my buddy Wilfred… it keeps it all in perspective. When things get to be too much, my buddy is there. From the restless nights to the difficult situations, I have something that has been an elusive possibility…. I have hope again. I consider myself fortunate to have had this opportunity. Having this service animal has given me both an outlet for coping and restored much of my confidence. Thanks Soldier’s Best Friend and the generous donors who made this all possible.”

Graduated 2014

Mike and Maddy

“I have been in Soldier’s Best Friend for six months. Before I started the program I had severe depression and rarely left my house. Since I got Maddy my life has much more purpose and my depression has gone away. My PTSD symptoms are much less severe. I am also much more comfortable leaving my house. I highly recommend the program to other vets.”

Graduated 2012

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