About Us

Dog Tag Buddies is a non-profit organization that pairs veterans living with hidden injuries (PTSD, TBI, MST) with rescue dogs. Following the match, we place the team into community-oriented training sessions. Based on the veteran’s needs, the dog receives training to become a well-behaved companion animal or a fully-trained service dog. All services are at NO cost to the veteran.

While it is true anyone can go to a shelter and rescue a dog, this program is our way of supporting you, our veterans. Without your service and sacrifice, the rest of us could not enjoy the freedoms we have.

Our services will help you create a long lasting relationship with your new companion, and find purpose in life and connection again. We will provide follow up services for you along the way to help you and your companion or service animal overcome any obstacle that may unexpectedly arise.

Dog Tag Buddies wants to give both you and your dog the lives you deserve.

Choosing your program

Our organization focuses on utilizing the training of the dog as a method of confronting and overcoming typical coping mechanisms associated with PTSD and TBI, such as self-isolation, loss of interest, and detachment. For many, this can be accomplished with a well-behaved and well-trained companion dog, while others may need a fully-trained service dog by their side to help mitigate their disability.

Dog Tag Buddies offers both training programs, and will gladly work with you to determine the best option.

Companion Animal

What is a companion animal? Simply defined, it’s a pet. For individuals with hidden injuries, the companionship of a dog has been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve general well-being.

Dog Tag Buddies will sponsor adoption and training of your chosen companion animal. The training consists of 10 weeks of obedience training, resulting in companion testing and completion of Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification.

Service Dog

What is a service animal? A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do specific work and/or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. This includes physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disabilities.

Dog Tag Buddies will sponsor and assist in choosing the perfect dog based on your individual needs. The training consists of 10 weeks of obedience training, resulting in companion testing and completion of Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification. This is followed by intensive one-on-one training with a service dog trainer to ensure your dog’s skills match your individual needs.

Application Process

Dog Tag Buddies is committed to helping you throughout this journey, and we ask that you enter the program with the same level of commitment both to your dog and to yourself. The steps in our application process help us ensure we are doing our absolute best for our program participants.


Fill out and submit completed online application, along with copies of VA Certification of Disability and DD214 forms. *Submission of application does not guarantee acceptance into our program*


Family or close friends and medical provider complete online Family Questionnaire and Medical Information Form


Once all 3 application sections are completed, a Dog Tag Buddies staff member will contact the applicant to schedule an in-person interview


Dog Tag Buddies staff will complete a background check and conduct a home inspection to observe home life and ensure that a dog can be placed, and be safe, within the home

Training Process

If accepted, Dog Tag Buddies works with the veteran to find their perfect match in a rescue dog. After pairing the two and ensuring that the dog is a good fit, the team will begin our training program. Once paired, we provide the teams everything they need to take care of their dogs, including food bowls, leashes, collars, and crates.

The training begins with basic obedience lessons, meeting once a week for one hour. This is a 10-week program, however we train to performance, not time period. By the end of this training, our teams will have their dogs pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Upon passing the CGC test, service dog teams continue on to advanced, public access, and task training. *Service dog training requires a minimum of 32 weeks to complete.*

Apply Now

We cherish each and every team that joins, grows, and graduates through our programs. Click the button below to start your journey with Dog Tag Buddies.

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