Blog the Change: Clear Path for Veterans

Situated on picturesque land overlooking some of the most gorgeous parts of central New York State is Eagle Ridge, home to Clear Path for Veterans and their Dogs to Vets program.

Dogs to Vets exists to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) by pairing them with a dog that they learn to train to become their service dog. Most of the dogs enlisted in the program come from local shelters. The dogs get a second chance at life and get an opportunity to make life easier for one of our servicemen or women. Unlike many service dog programs, the dogs are not trained first and then paired with a veteran. Instead, the veteran is in charge of learning how to train their own dog.

Callie, one of the young pups who was donated to the Dogs to Vets program. I've been working with her on her basic obedience skills and controling her enthusiasm. Hopefully, she'll be paired with a veteran soon.

Clear Path has not been around very long; they got started earlier this year. I have been a volunteer dog trainer with them since February and it’s been incredible. 🙂

If you’re interested in learning more about the program and how you can help, check out their website at Clear Path for Veterans.

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About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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