The Walter Reed Wounded Warrior Service Dog Training Program (WWSDTP) internship provides therapy while allowing military servicemembers to train dogs that will later be given to other disabled warriors. The program can help people who have trauma, depression, anxiety, stress and other conditions. Military servicemembers are recommended for the program by people on their care team. Once they are accepted into the program, the servicemember goes to work with service dog trainers during train-the-trainer sessions. Service dogs learn as many as 90 tasks during the training. Service dogs trained in the program are mainly mobility dogs — those trained to help people who have some form of physical disability such as an amputation. Once the dogs complete the program they are placed with a wounded, ill or injured veteran. For more information, visit the Soldiers Magazine website at soldiers.dodlive.mil/2014/12/how-to-train-a-service-dog/.
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