We are devoted to helping our veterans and the pet overpopulation problem

Once a veteran or active military member is accepted into our program they will be paired with a dog adopted from a local shelter or with a dog already owned by the vet. They will live together from that point forward.

Training will be comprised of private and group sessions 1-2 days a week for up to 30 weeks, then 1 session every other week up to 6 additional months.

We have training locations in:

  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Prescott
  • Sierra Vista
  • Flagstaff

*We currently do not train out of Arizona.  Out of state veterans will have to travel or relocate to Arizona for up to 6 months during training.

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When a veteran and their dog are close to graduating they will be asked to mentor incoming trainees to help them transition into our program.  We feel this is very beneficial to both the new trainee and experienced veteran.  Once the dog is fully trained in the individual tasks it will be qualified as a Service Dog or classified a Therapeutic Companion Dog / Emotional Support Animal.

We are now accepting applications to consider your placement with a Service Dog or Therapeutic Companion Dog.

All placement and training fees are no cost to the veteran. The veteran will be responsible for transportation and housing costs (if needed).

All funding for Soldier’s Best Friend is from charitable donations. Please help our cause and donate today.

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Types of Dogs Offered

Depending on the individual need of the applicant we will train them with 1 of 2 types of dogs; a Service Dog or a Therapeutic Companion Dog / Emotional Support Animal.

A Service Dog is allowed by law to enter public places such as the veteran’s work place, restaurants, buses, stores, etc. These are rights set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A Therapeutic Companion Dog / Emotional Support Animal will not be allowed to enter most public venues. This dog is fully obedience trained.  These dogs by law are allowed to board airplanes and live in non pet friendly environments.

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