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Under the supervision of professional dog trainers, veterans from all wars suffering the effects of PTSD & traumatic brain injuries learn dog handling skills.  Participants meet once a week to interact with each other and train dogs.  



Participating dogs are chosen by our trainers– many of these dogs exhibit some of the same symptoms as veterans with anxiety issues, traumatic brain injury and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Our classes provide a relaxed environment to observe, learn and socialize.  Over time, participants see a pathway to their own recovery by helping dogs overcome behavioral challenges.

Confidence, trust and respect are the result of relationships built among the veterans, dogs and trainers.


Dave's Doggie Den


919 River Lane

Loves Park, IL


Trainer, Dave Schnidt, has hosted the Monday night Circle of Change Veterans Dog program for over 10 years. 

His background in everything from basic obedience training to protection training make him uniquely qualified to address a wide variety of canine issues.

Veterans , Mondays 5:30 pm

First Responders, Mondays 6:30 pm


Ms. Cristy's Canine Academy

4979 Torque Rd.

Machesney Park, IL

Trainers, Cristy & Tom teach basic obedience and doggie first aid.

With a long career in dog training, Cristy and Tom use what they know about canine behavior to help participants better understand their companions.  Work is done weekly on obedience and problem solving.

Veterans, Wednesdays 1 pm

K9 Junction Kennels

11400 IL-72

Davis Junction, IL

Telah and Rob Garwacki are newest trainers and are leading a Friday afternoon class.

They are able to provide a variety of dogs for training and socialization including puppies. Classes are held in their state of the art 4,800 square foot training facility.

Veterans, Fridays 2 pm

The Dog Den


1019 Jonathon Drive

Madison, WI


Trainers, Deb & Jen lead Friday evening dog training classes in Madison. 

With a variety of dogs participating in the program–from Saint Bernard to Retriever– Deb is able to guide our veterans through any dog handling situation.

Veterans, Fridays 6:30 pm

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