Service dogs used the Army-Navy pregame as the perfect training ground

Hadas Kuznits
December 08, 2018 - 5:18 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Who knew a TAIL-gate would end up being such important job training for some service dogs at the Army-Navy game?

Many people who attended the Army and Navy pregame tailgate did so for fun, but for Sam Clearly of Wilmington NC, this was part of her job.

"I work for Paws 4 People Foundation and we train and place service dogs with veterans, civilians and children with different types of disabilities."

Clearly says they train the dogs to remain calm in situations which their veteran owners might enjoy, such as a football tailgate.  She says the dogs are also trained to help veterans with any anxiety or PTSD they might experience.

"We do have some clients that unfortunately have night terrors from what they have seen while they were serving,” she explains. “So, the dogs are able to pick up on what they're doing while they're sleeping, are they moaning or making different funny noises? Are they going to jump all around?  And the dog's able to lick their faces or lay on top of them to help get them out of that night terror.”

Clearly says once these service dogs are trained and placed, they greatly improve the quality of their owner's lives.