Training Dogs for PTSD Service Work: Considerations

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Course Begins: At Purchase

Duration: 1 Hour

Instructor: Jennifer Rogers, BS

Course type: Webinar

Training service dogs for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) requires different resources and considerations than training dogs for other types of disabilities. This webinar outlines what trainers need to know to successfully support clients and their PTSD service dogs. 


You will leave this webinar with information about:

  • Trauma informed care
  • Training models
  • Trained behaviors to help people with PTSD to better cope with fear, anxiety, and physical tasks
  • Considerations for selecting a dog
  • Handler skills and knowledge
  • Positive outcomes of a well-supported team

No materials needed for this course.

This is a self-study class that will begin upon payment. Students will have access to the course for 1 year from the date of your most recent IAABC Foundation purchase.

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Full Student:


Member Cost: $14 *

Non- Member Cost: $19



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Instructor: Jennifer Rogers, BS

Jen Rogers has over twenty-six years of combined professional experience with marine mammal, zoo, equine, assistance dog training, and therapeutic programs. She is the founder and Executive Director of Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), the only Assistance Dog International (ADI) accredited program in the state of South Carolina. She has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the National Education of Assistance Dog program and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Management of Enrichment and Training program.

During Jen’s time working with exotic animals, she was part of a team who developed internationally recognized standards for training and implemented facility-wide enrichment programs. She also worked alongside researchers for projects on social behavior, field population studies, and physiology of marine mammals.

Jen is certified with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) as an equine specialist. Jen is also a founding board member of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) which evolved from her work on ADI’s committee for animal assisted interventions. She has created and implemented animal assisted intervention programs for children in summer camps, afterschool programs, at-risk youth, soldiers with PTSD, and incarcerated individuals and has presented internationally on standards for these programs. Jen is a mentor for trainers at the Animal Behavioral College and a recipient of the South Carolina Veterinary Association’s Humanitarian Award of the year for her work in serving people with disabilities through her work with service dogs and community programs. Jen is also on the ADI North American Board of Directors, working on the International Education Committee, co-chairing the airlines accessibility campaign for North America, and leading a trainer’s standards subcommittee for the International Standards Committee.