FAQ

Who is eligible to receive a Northwest Battle Buddies Service Dog?

Any returned combat veteran who has been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces, and some active duty military personnel who have been certified by their rehabilitation specialist that they require the assistance of a service dog.

How much does Northwest Battle Buddies service dog training cost?

There is no cost to the combat veteran. Once you have been paired with your dog, you will be responsible for all the food and basic medical care. Your dog will become your responsibility.

I have PTSD. What can a Northwest Battle Buddies dog do for me?

A Northwest Battle Buddies dog can aid you in many areas of your life. The dog can and will be your constant companion in public and/or social situation. Your Battle Buddy will be there to “watch your back” and let you know if someone is getting too close or behind you.The dog can help provide balance and perform small tasks to assist in everyday life, such as waking you from nightmares. The dog provides emotional support and companionship which will aid in your return to independence, creating more of a reason to keep moving forward toward a healthy life. Just to name a few.

I am still on active duty. Can I get a service dog?

Your commanding officer must approve the orders that will allow us to begin the training. We do place PTSD service dogs with qualified active duty personnel.

What kinds of dogs are used for Northwest Battle Buddies

We are not breed specific, we receive dogs from local shelters or by community donation. The dogs are young and mentally and physically healthy. A local veterinary clinic provides a health exam and certaification. The criteria for a Northwest Battle Buddies dog is: sociable, confident and 2 years of age or less. Each service dog is evaluated and paired with the veteran according to the individual’s unique requirements.

What sort of training do the Northwest Battle Buddies go through?

Each service dog is trained for individuals’ particular requirements, including passing Canine Good Citizen Test and Public Access Test.

How do I apply for a Northwest Battle Buddies dog?

You may apply directly to Northwest Battle Buddies, however, we urge you to contact your local VA rehabilitation specialist to ensure that you receive all the services you’re entitled to, and that there is a coordination of services.

What is the application process?

You will be required to fill out the application and provide us with the requested information. Once we have received your application, you will go on the waiting list and be interviewed when it is time to pair with your Battle Buddy.

How long does it take to get the Northwest Battle Buddies service dog?

Northwest Battle Buddies dogs are trained to navigate the outside world and your particular lifestyle, as well as their other special services. Each dog takes 6-8 months to finish. Upon the approval of your application, you will receive a letter of completion. Once there are dogs to be paired up the applicant will be matched. The waiting period is based on availability and order of applicants’ waiting list.

Where does the Northwest Battle Buddies dog receive training?

Services are available at a variety of locations. Northwest Battle Buddies dogs are specifically trained to navigate everyday life situations. Training will be conducted not only at the Northwest Battle Buddies professional training facility but also in the outside world in places such as: restaurants, public transportation, shopping malls, grocery stores, theaters and anywhere the veterans may frequent.

What is the average life of the Northwest Battle Buddies service dog?

The service dog’s career depends on how active you are. You can expect the dog will have eight to ten good working years.

What sort of follow-up services are available once I return home?

Once you have gone through the training with Northwest Battle Buddies, you are eligible for a lifetime of aftercare. Should you require follow-up training, our staff will arrange to work with you on any questions or concerns you might have in a prompt and professional manner, which may include a home site visit.

We recognize the sacrifices that you have made for our nation. We will do our part to see that your Northwest Battle Buddies service dog will help you to lead an active, independent life.

How long is the training for my new service dog with me?

You will need to plan two months of training sessions in various locations with your new service dog. It will be necessary to ensure that you and your dog are working well together, and that you have a full understanding and knowledge of how to work with your new companion while abiding by the guidelines set forth by the ADA and Northwest Battle Buddies.