ADW's Warrior Canine Connection(TM) program teaches Wounded Warriors and military Veterans how to train our service dogs for other Veterans and people with disabilities or victims of trauma. This program is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and isolating behaviors in the Veterans who train the dogs. We offer Warrior Canine Connection in three locations every week: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos. Veterans may be justice-involved, participating in Veterans Court, or may be looking for a social and therapeutic opportunity to continue their legacy of service to others by helping to train service dogs, in a team environment with other Veterans.
Assistance Dogs of the West (ADW) builds successful working partnerships between clients and dogs that empower people and open doors to new opportunities. ADW fulfills its mission by:
~Raising and training dogs with kindness and respect to assist children and adults with disabilities.
~Teaching students of all abilities, including elementary, middle and high school, youth with disabilities and veterans of various combats, to help train our dogs. These programs instill confidence, responsibility, communication skills and respect for diversity.
~Educating and advocating for people with visible and invisible disabilities and their right to have service dogs for greater independence in daily living.
~Training facility dogs to work with therapists in a variety of settings; in the Judicial System in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against vulnerable victims; and as Crisis Response Canines on Rapid Deployment Teams responding to mass events.1590 San Mateo Ln, Santa Fe, NM, 87505