Hero Dogs are trained in three phases over the course of 2.5 – 3 years. You can read more about each phase by following the links below.
Phase I – Puppy Program – Socialization and training by a volunteer puppy raiser under the guidance of Hero Dogs staff until ~16-18 months of age.
Phase II – Advanced Training – Training in specialized service dog skills and tasks by professional trainers at our training facility for approximately eight months.
Phase III – Team Training – Intensive one-on-one training with veteran or first-responder and Hero Dog for a minimum of 120 hours over the course of 6-12 months.
Current Service Dogs in Training
The job of a service dog is not an easy one; only about one in every three dogs we start in the program will ultimately end up in a successful partnership as a working service dog. Read more on our honorably discharged page.
Available for Adoption
We do not currently have any available dogs for adoption. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive announcements when a released dog is available for adoption.