Enjoy this gallery of some of our service dog graduates, and the people they help.
C.H.I.P. is honored to serve our veterans by providing them with a highly skilled service dog that will help them to re-acclimate into civilian life. In keeping with our mission to provide custom trained service dogs to individuals who wish to become more self-sufficient, C.H.I.P. has a special program designed to specifically meet each veteran’s personal life challenges. Potential veterans are carefully screened so that we can choose a dog that will adequately meet their individual needs. Some veterans may require help coping with PTSD or flashbacks yet, may not have any physical limitations. Whereas other veterans may need a dual dog to meet both their physical and psychological needs. To make the training class as stress free as possible, often times, the veteran will receive private individual training sessions to ensure that the veteran can clearly concentrate on learning the skill commands and how to use those command to get their new canine partner to assist them with their particular needs.
Although there are many types of psychiatric disorders, the C.H.I.P. program ONLY trains and places dogs with certain qualifying conditions. Some such psychiatric disorders may be re-occurring Flashbacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) and severe panic disorders caused from a severe traumatic event in their life.
More than 3/4 of those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder are not in fact disabled by their condition. The majority of diagnosed disorders are successfully managed with medication and medical treatment. C.H.I.P. requires that a person applying for a dog must have three qualifying disabling conditions. The key is that the disabling conditions are severe enough that they inhibit the individual’s ability to perform at least three or more major life activities.
Those individuals who are living with a certain defining psychiatric disorders know all too well the detrimental challenges such disorders can bring. Service Dogs who assist people with psychiatric disorders are individually trained to perform several specific skills that increase the person’s ability to become self-sufficient. The CHIP program only provides Service Dogs to veterans who can clinically benefit from the assistance of a specially trained service dog.