University of Maryland professor to study service dog therapy for PTSD

College Park, MD (The Diamondback) — The burst of happiness one might get when looking at a picture of a puppy isn’t uncommon. Looking at pictures of dogs is biologically proven to reduce stress, as the hormone oxytocin is released in the body.  And a professor at this university is taking a closer look at the […]

Warrior Canine Connection Eases Veterans’ Struggles With Help From Furry Friends

Brookeville, MD (Capital News Service) — The dogs at Warrior Canine Connection are veterans’ best friends. Trained by service members, a group of the dogs will graduate on Saturday and become permanent four-legged aides to disabled veterans or veterans in need. WCC’s third graduating class of 14 dogs will be celebrated at 1 p.m. in Montgomery College’s […]

Ways Service Dogs Are Helpful

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund — It’s no secret that dogs have been our lovable companions for as long as we can remember. They’re friendly, loyal, and compassionate. Because of the strong bond that we have with “man’s best friend,” dogs are increasingly becoming a part of treatments for TBI and psychological health conditions. Read more […]

“It’s Animal-Assisted Therapy on Steroids.”

WASHINGTON (WETA) — The Warrior Canine Connection program and the stories of two Veterans and their WCC service dogs are featured in this installment of the PBS “Honored to Serve” series, produced by WETA Television. Watch it here.

Bunce and Bunce: America’s Puppy meets his namesake

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Many of you may have already met the latest addition to the WUSA9 news team. Bunce is a military service dog in training, who will some day assist a wounded warrior. Andrea McCarren will raise and train him for the next two years, before he’s teamed with a veteran. See and read […]

Service Pups in Training Help PTSD, TBI Patients Heal

Bethesda, MD (DoD Live) — You’re stressed, your thoughts aren’t straight, and you’re tapping your leg anxiously. But suddenly there’s a little furry head sitting on your lap, reminding you to calm down.  You start petting that furry little head, and next thing you know, you’re feeling a lot better. Read more here.

Meet America’s Puppy: Bunce

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — You may have noticed a certain furry friend hanging around WUSA9. If you haven’t, you’re about to learn this 11-week old yellow lab is more than a cute face. He has a noble future ahead of him, helping wounded warriors. Read the story and see the video here.

Menlo Park non-profit training service dogs for veterans celebrates 2 year anniversary

MENLO PARK, Calif. (KTVU) – It’s a program that’s helping veterans heal by connecting them with service dogs. On Saturday, the program will celebrate two years of helping injured veterans. A Labrador retriever named Luke is on a mission to become a service dog for a wounded warrior. His trainer Charles Cotton is a U.S. […]

Love and Honor: Specially Trained, Caring Dogs Serve Those Who Serve

On any given weekday, it’s not unusual to see recovering warriors at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Md., engaged in a mission that will transform the lives of their fellow veterans with disabilities. A quick look inside the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) program once there reveals the heart of the mission, an assortment of […]

New leash on life: Service dogs, trained by and for wounded warriors

BROOKEVILLE, Md. — Meet Ron. He has helped hundreds of servicemembers suffering from PTSD. He works at Walter Reed National Medical Center in a Navy camo harness. His title? Animal co-therapist. Ron is a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever — a facility dog who works at Walter Reed and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in […]