PTSD Can Lead to Suicide and it
Affects War Veterans
as Well as First Responders
It Often Leaves its Victims Paralyzed
with Anxiety and Unable
to Function in Society
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) is a Serious Condition
Rusty and Henry are
just one of the many
success stories
This is Henry, a Veteran
and his Service Dog Rusty
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New Life K9 Labrador
Saving Lives

Through the Healing Power of the Human-Canine Bond

New Life K9s primarily services people who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Service dogs have proven to reduce the need for medication for those suffering from PTSD, prevent homelessness, suicide, and incarceration as well as save community resources.

A veteran with PTSD needs a dog that has the proper training to go with him/her anywhere in public where dogs are not otherwise legally allowed. It is the public access skills that are the difficult part of the training, requiring a very special dog.

Training service dogs also improves the lives of those who train them. Dog training teaches leadership, patience, discipline, positive communication, confidence, and problem solving.

Veterans Statistics
Success

Stories

K9 - Team Caramel
Team Caramel
Caramel graduated in July of 2018, and is currently working with Robin, a local Psychologist, who helps many Veterans with PTSD.
K9 - Team Red
Team Red
Red graduated in February of 2018, and is currently serving his First Responder, Danny.
K9 Team Gregor
Team Gregor
Gregor graduated in February 2018, and is currently serving his First Responder, Darren.
K9 Team Emily
Team Emily
Emily graduated in December of 2017, and is currently serving her First Responder, Debbie.
K9 Team Kalli
Team Kalli
Kalli graduated in December of 2017 and she is currently serving her Marine Veteran, Doc.
K9 Team Porsche
Team Porsche
Porsche graduated in June of 2017 and she is currently serving her Veteran, Pat Nolan (in the middle known as the "Dogfather").
K9 Team Crocker
Team Crocker
Crocker graduated in June of 2017 and he is currently serving his Marine Veteran, Jeff.
K9 Team Dani
Team Dani
Dani graduated in January of 2017, and is currently serving her First Responder, Randy.
K9 Team Rico
Team Rico
Rico graduated in September of 2016 and he is currently serving his Vietnam Veteran, Paul.
K9 Team Nichols
Team Nichols
Nichols graduated in April of 2016, and served his Vietnam Veteran, Bruce.
K9 Team Zeus
Team Zeus
Zeus graduated in June of 2015 and is currently serving his Army Veteran, Jonny.
K9 Team Josie
Team Josie
Josie graduated in June of 2018 and is currently serving her Army Veteran, Mario.
K9 Team Hope
Team Hope
Hope graduated in June of 2018 and is currently serving her Navy Veteran, Allen.
K9 Team Eddie
Team Eddie
Eddie graduated in June of 2018 and is serving his retired Police Officer, Greg.
K9 Team Rusty
Team Rusty
Rusty graduated in December of 2017 and is currently serving his Veteran, Henry.
K9 Team Dixie
Team Dixie
Dixie graduated in October of 2015 and is currently serving her Navy Veteran, Mike.
K9 Team Louie
Team Louie
Louie graduated in October of 2015 and is currently serving his Navy Veteran, Crystal.
K9 Team Nara
Team Nara
Nara graduated in October of 2015 and is currently serving her Army Veteran, Alex.
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See the positive impact and the transformational results this program offers.Watch Mike’s inspiring video.Mike was an inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and he was one of the dog handlers that train the puppy's to become PTSD Service Dogs. Listen to Mike tell his story about Eddie, the puppy that changed his life.

Inmate with K9
Eddie and Mike
Tummy tickles at New Life  K9’s
Inmate with K9
Puppy Eddie and Mike
Early days at CMC
Inmate with K9
Eddie and Mike
Kisses at New Life K9’s

The tasks that service dogs can perform to meet the needs of a veteran with PTSD can include waking him up from a nightmare and even turning on lights, reminding him to take medications on time (even bringing the medication to the person), bark on command to warn off a potentially threatening stranger, and helps to decrease levels of anxiety. Many veterans take medications that affect their balance. A service dog can assist with balance by performing a “brace” command in which the veteran can use the dog’s body to steady himself.

It takes about 1 year to train an adult dog for public access and to complete approximately 60 tasks on cue. Although training for tasks can start as early as 4 weeks of age, dogs do not develop the maturity for public access (being allowed in restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) until 2 years of age.

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