The Facts


What is a service dog?

Service Animal Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA. A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.


What does OAE do?

OAE pairs shelter dogs with veterans and provides a free guided training program for PTSD service dogs.


What is a guided training program?

A guided training program means we provide you with the tools you need to train your own service dog. Veterans come to class once a week for approx 5 months and teach their dogs the skills needed to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, the Canine Good Citizen Urban and the Public Access Test. We also include task training.


What are the benefits of a guided training program?

A guided training program was the best way we could think of to help our veterans integrate back into society while giving them the tools they need to train their dog. A guided training program ensures that everyone is leaving their house. Not only for class, but when not in class it is your responsibility to take your dogs to pet friendly places. The training classes also help get our veterans accustomed to working with a group again and interacting with their peers in a non judgmental, stress free environment.


This program is 100% free to veterans. 

How much does this
program cost?


Do I need to come to every
class for five months straight?

The classes meet once a week and are broken down into two eight week sessions, followed by four public access private lessons. You are allowed to miss one class per eight week session. If you miss more than one you will be put on the waiting list for the next round of classes. The public access classes are scheduled individually with a public access trainer.