Under the supervision of professional dog trainers, veterans from all wars suffering the effects of PTSD & traumatic brain injuries learn dog handling skills. Veterans are referred by licensed professionals (primarily Veterans Administration Health Services & Vet Centers). Participants meet once a week to interact with each other and train dogs.
CIRCLE OF CHANGE IS NOT A SERVICE DOG ORGANIZATION.
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.
K9 Junction Kennels
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.
Trainer, Dave Schnidt, has hosted the Monday night Circle of Change Veterans Dog program for almost 7 years.
His background in everything from basic obedience training to protection training make him uniquely qualified to address a wide variety of canine issues.
Trainer, Deb, is also beginning her 4th year leading our Thursday evening dog training classes.
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.