CANTON, N.Y. -- A long-time vet tech, Maureen Ring decided to go into business herself, training local dogs.
"I go to the client's home, but I also offer puppy classes, basic obedience classes," said Ring.
A recent conversation with one of her clients gave Maureen a new idea on how she can take her business to a new level.
"She in turn put me in touch with an organization called TADSAW, which is train a dog, save a warrior. What that organization does is they basically are there to help and support veterans and wounded warriors who are having to survive their daily lives with post traumatic stress disorder," said Ring.
Under the guidance of the organization Maureen would pair a dog with a veteran, and together they would embark on a 15 to 20 week training process.
"The final step is the evaluation for a public access test. It's only then that the dog can be certified as a service dog," said Ring.
The training of a therapy dog isn't like training a dog for obedience or to do tricks, instead its more about the bond between a owner and his pet.
"The dogs will be there to help ease the stress and tension if they are under any stress or feeling any anxiety," said Ring.
Maureen is still in the process of becoming a therapy dog trainer, but already knows helping veterans will be a rewarding experience.
"If I can help them build that confidence and get out there, that is my reason for doing this," said Ring.
Maureen doesn't know when she will be able to begin training the service dogs, but she knows she cannot wait to begin.
For more information about Train a Dog, Save a Warrior or 4 Paws Training, please visit: TADSAW or 4 Paws Training on Facebook