These are not your typical ‘best friend’ or seeing-eye dogs. They were born and trained to be a veteran’s daily companion, safe place, danger-detector, and can even dial 911 without their owner telling them to do so. Why have these dogs hit the headlines so quick and why are hundreds of veterans on waiting lists to receive their own Guardian Angel Dog?
Starting anywhere from $20-22K, these German Sheppard’s are more than your bedtime cuddle partner and secret-keeping confidants. While it might seem crazy, it’s actually one of the best things to ever happen to the four veterans recently interviewed who have already found their love for their new pet, and many more veterans are currently waiting for their dog to grow up and become theirs.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. was created through the minds of many men and women who have been on the frontlines before and serving many years ago, and who also have aided in many veteran programs – donating thousands of dollars. After the puppies are bred and born, one of the eight trainers that work with 80 dogs on the field explain how they are nurtured and given all the love in the world during their earliest stages. They are immediately trained to be compassionate and loving, apart from those that get trained with straight-forward discipline on day one.
By the time they have turned a year old, the professionals have trained them in obedience, safety, and how to detect serious problems. They are quick learners and pick up human emotion at a very young age. After a year, they are brought into the real world with a trusted foster home that they stay in for 8 weeks to get accustomed to being around other people outside of just the trainers. After that, they spend the next 1-2 years for a stricter routine ranging anywhere from 500-2000 hours of obedience training and teaching them how to flawlessly understand when their owner is having a panic attack, flashback, night terror, or any other medical problem that needs immediate attention.
The dogs have even been trained to know other medical issues, such as diabetes. The young pup smelled their owners breath while they were sleeping and detected a blood sugar problem, forcing their owner awake to take their medication. It’s truly incredible what these dogs are capable of and how they have changed the lives of veterans, without being put into endless chores. Most activities that the young dogs go through during their days of training let them get exercise and have fun, along with getting daily treats and love.
They are given to their new owners at ages 2-3, but are designed for the veterans. If it is an older veteran, the calmer and mellower dogs are given out. If the veteran is younger and needs an active dog, a more hyper and playful one will be sent. One of the greatest things about this company is that they routinely check on their dogs and the veterans they live with by visiting them, and all medical expenses for the dogs are paid for by the company.
Veterans have claimed that their dogs have won over their hearts, and have cured things that medication and therapy can’t. The dogs have prevented daytime panic attacks by sensing them before they happen and assisting. The four combat veterans that received their dogs and were interviewed about them claim that night terrors have faded, flashbacks and panic attacks have been soothed and reduced instantly, their depression is in the making of being cured, and other medical issues are being promptly detected. These are not just dogs helping people; they are heroes helping other heroes.
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