How can a service dog help?A service dog offers companionship and loyalty similar to what we received from our fellow brothers and
sisters in the service. They provide a sense of security that allows the veterans with PTSD to manage
daily life while supporting a healthy lifestyle. Service dogs provide the link that allows veterans to
reconnect to the world. They evoke emotion through their undying commitment and unconditional love for
their owners. Service dogs create the opportunity for veterans to return to work,
participate and function in social outings, as well help veterans with
reconnecting with loved ones emotionally.
What is Paws4Boots?
Paws 4 Boots is a local nonprofit service dog club founded in 2014 by US
Army Military Police Dog Handler Combat Veteran Rory Dobis. For the past
two years we have been conducting weekly pack meetings at a park in
Cocoa. Rory continues to produce successful service dog teams in the
Brevard community. The club also provides a vast array of resources such as
transitional services, recreational services, and a variety of events for
members to participate in.
What is a Pack Member?
A pack member is a Veteran that is not only in need of a service dog but they need that missing piece
in life. That missing piece is the brother and sister hood we shared in the Military. A pack meeting
consist of awards and ceremonies, dog training, outings and events, and networking with local
agencies to assist Veterans in every day life. Is there really a rank structure? Yes there is! Everyone
starts off as a Handler. Once you read book one, recruit a new member, and your dog shows a
understanding of book one you become a Team Leader. As a team leader you being to help with new
members and obedience. After completing book two, recruiting a second member, and completion of a
test you will become a Squad Leader. Squad leaders help with events and begin learning skills to
teach classes. Completion of book 3, recruiting a third member, and passing the American Kennel
Club Canine Good Citizen will help you achieve the rank of Pack Leader. Pack leaders are assistance
to the trainer and help run classes. They ensure everyone is reading their books and coming to pack
meetings. From there you can go through our scholarship program and become a certified dog trainer.
We follow a positive training course with our teams for
optimal PTSD response for our service dogs.