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What is OPK9?
Who can apply for an OPK9 dog?
To be eligible to apply for an Operation K9 Dog, the applicant must have been referred to the RSB through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Psychiatric Assistance Dog program.
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What training and follow up care does Operation K9 provide?
Operation K9 places fully trained Assistance Dogs through a comprehensive training course and provides aftercare for the dog’s working life. All initial equipment will be provided to you by the Operation K9 team including a service coat that identifies an Operation K9 dog as an accredited assistance dog.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program
DVA’s Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program provides veterans with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a trained assistance dog.
Assistance dogs are provided to veterans to help support their treatment for PTSD. Veterans involved in the Program are encouraged to continue contact with their treating mental health professional.
RSB OPK9 are one of the training dog providers contracted to assist DVA to support veterans nationally.