Apply for a Service Dog.
With a service dog, you’re never alone. It takes courage to serve in our nation’s military. And sometimes, it takes even more courage to ask for help. When you need a buddy who’s got your back, our dogs are here for you.
Service dogs shift the focus from triggers and trauma to the calm, steady presence of a highly trained dog. Our dogs learn 15–20 cues and bring peace of mind to veterans living with PTSD and other disabilities.
Facility Therapy Dogs
Facility therapy dogs live with staff members and provide therapeutic services to veterans and families being treated in military medical facilities and working in high-stress environments across the nation.
A service dog can help.
The buried scars can surface unexpectedly. Depression… anxiety… panic attacks… they show up without an invitation. And when they do, a service dog can help.
For veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other disabilities, a service dog might be the answer. Our calm, well-behaved, and highly-trained service dogs can help, 24/7. Our dogs learn skills to aid with PTSD and light mobility. They offer love and loyalty and help restore stability, wellbeing, and hope.
Campus Life and Training
We have designed our 11-day, on-campus training course to provide you and your new dog the highest opportunity to succeed together. We can’t wait for you to join the Southeastern Guide Dogs family, and we want you to feel at home with us.
Alumni Support Program
At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we care deeply about creating successful teams and supporting our dogs and alumni. We’re proud to offer the most robust Alumni Support Program in North America, including lifetime follow-up for the working life of the team and unrivaled, no-cost benefits.
Everything—from on-campus instruction to dog food back home—completely free of charge.
Southeastern Guide Dogs provides our dogs and training to veterans at no cost. We also offer high-quality food, monthly preventatives, vaccinations, and the annual veterinary wellness visit—free of charge, thanks to our generous partners. We operate the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization, and our expert instructors develop our highly trained service dogs at our Palmetto, Florida campus.
With a 98% graduate satisfaction rating, you can trust us to provide you with an outstanding, unforgettable experience. We’ve thought of every detail to make your stay comfortable and your experience world-class, and we’re committed to exceeding your expectations.
A Dog for Someone You Love
PSTD can challenge even the strongest relationships. Is your spouse or partner missing out on everyday life? Do you feel helpless as you watch the anxiety, depression, nightmares, panic attacks, and seclusion? With a service dog by their side, they’ll never be alone.
“I can’t tell you the difference this dog is making. She is able to bring me out of a flashback faster than any human. I don’t know where I’d be without her right now.”
— Paul Utter with Service Dog Ellie | Ellenton, Florida
“I’m just thrilled I’m getting my life back.”
From birth to match day, it’s a two-year journey for our extraordinary service dogs to form a team with someone who needs them. But for veterans—alumni of our programs—the walk from darkness to freedom can’t be measured in time. Watch these personal stories of transformation to glimpse the impact these dogs can have. We’ve heard it many times: “My dog saved my life.”