When you become a trainer with the Pets For Vets program through the Pittsburgh chapter at Animal Friends, you will work to identify and specially pair shelter pets with military veterans living with PTSD and TBI. You will then teach* the pets good manners to ensure they’ll fit in with the veteran’s lifestyle.

Because of you, the lives of veterans and homeless animals quite literally will be saved.

What a great way to give back to our nation’s veterans and find homes for shelter pets!

Pets for Vets-approved trainers at Animal Friends hold contracted positions with a generous stipend offered for their services.

Here is what we look for in our trainers:

  • Positive reinforcement methodology.
  • Formal training education.
  • Professional memberships (KPA, APDT, PPG, IAABC).
  • Regular continuing education (CEUs).
  • Understanding and application of learning theory to training .
  • 200+ hours of teaching (preferably dog training classes).
  • Experience with animal behavior assessments, especially Sue Sternberg’s Assess-a-Pet.
  • Understanding of animal behavior.
  • Experience with animal husbandry.

Good to have:

  • Ability to foster a dog during training.

Additional information:

  • The trainer’s role includes working extensively with the veteran.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • No shock, prong or choke collars or other aversives permitted.
  • Pets for Vets trains companion animals only.

*The training curriculum is identified by the Pets for Vets national standard.


If you feel you'd be a good fit, contact Joanne Moore at JMoore@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.




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