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Meet Some of the 2020 Service Dog Training Class


Get to know a few of our veteran service dogs in training (or “SITs” as we like to call them) that are currently preparing to serve a military veteran in need thanks to the support of consumers like you.

service dog bruce

Bruce Banner

Alias: Brusie
Age: 1
Special Skills: Object Retrieval
Known Partners: Stuffed Duck
Favorite Song: “Jump Around”
Training Organization: Got Your Six Support Dogs

service dog lokki

Lokki

Found: Streets of San Francisco
Age: Unknown
Special Skills: Calming Aggressive Behaviors
Known For: Exceptional Manners, Alertness, and Attentiveness
Favorite Song: “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
Training Organization: ARF Pets & Vets Program

service dog basil

Basil

Age: 3
Special Skills: Exceptional Focus on Human Handler Even Amid Tempting Distractions
Favorite Song: “Every Breath You Take (I’ll Be Watching You)”
Training Organization: ARF Pets & Vets Program

service dog magento

Magneto

Alias: Neto, Neto-Burrito, Needies
Age: 2
Special Skills: Anxiety Alerts
Weakness: Frisbees
Favorite Song: “I Believe I Can Fly”
Training Organization: Got Your Six Support Dogs

service dog thanos

Thanos

Alias: Brusie
Age: 2
Special Skills: Anxiety Alerts
Weakness: Hot Dogs
Favorite Song: “Who Let The Dogs Out”
Training Organization: Got Your Six Support Dogs

service dog koda

Koda

Age: 2
Special Skills: Tactile Reinforcements of Affection
Weakness: Empty human laps
Favorite Song: “Don’t Worry Be Happy”
Training Organization: ARF Pets & Vets Program

Behind the Scenes with Some of Our Service Dogs in Training

Over the next two years, we’ll be keeping a close eye on our 2020 SITs as they journey from
mischievous pups in training to seasoned service animals for America’s military veterans. Here’s
what’s been happening with a few of our favorite canine companions so far…

service dog eddie

Eddie

SIT Eddie is fueling up on his Puppy Chow before afternoon training begins

service dog thanos

Thanos

SIT Thanos getting acclimated to car rides

service dog Bruce

Bruce

SIT Bruce as a young pup, getting some of those first learnings in object retrieval under his belt

service dog gunner

Gunner

SIT Gunner is getting checked out by the vet to make sure his ears are in tip-top shape to hear commands

service dog magneto

Magneto

SIT Magneto is practicing patrolling her owner’s backside and alerting her owner when someone approaches from behind

service dog gwen

Gwen

SIT Gwen practicing a common anxiety-relieving skill at home as she lays calmly on her foster mom’s feet

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