To support, encourage, and assist in the development of mutually beneficial relationships between veterans and dogs.
We know that combat veterans suffering from physical or emotional pains of war are helped by many different things: counseling, medication, alternative therapies like meditation and yoga, and even by such things as scuba diving. Animals, especially dogs, also play a therapeutic role with veterans. Dogs help to meet veterans’ needs for safety, a sense of calm, and companionship.
HAVEN helps veterans who have been deployed to a Combat Zone and veterans with MST who have a service connected disability. Veterans who are eligible to apply to the training program must be in treatment for at least one year and have received a referral from the appropriate provider at VA.
HAVEN provides training at no fee to Vets and their dogs. HAVEN does not provide dogs to Vets.
A strong commitment to the training is required as it may take at least a year to complete training.
Veterans involved in the HAVEN training program teach their dogs behaviors like retrieving, as well as tasks needed for the veterans’ specific disabilities such as alerting behaviors, leading to safety, and watching their backs.
All programs at HAVEN use Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT): a force free training method that allows the dog to become a more willing and eager learner. The training becomes a shared experience, leading to a strong bond of trust between the dog and the veteran. Training is less stressful and thus more enjoyable for both the veteran and the dog.
We service the Greater Milwaukee area and surrounding counties. Please contact us for any further information.
HAVEN was co-founded in 2014 by Linda Bobot, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Linda has 20 years experience in Service Dog training, training owners to train their own Service Dog.
“After witnessing an extremely touching encounter involving several Marines and one dog at Camp Pendleton. I realized I wanted to find a way to get Veterans and dogs together.
HAVEN became a reality because the right people showed up at the right time.”
HAVEN is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.