Dog Days at the Veterans Healing Farm

Wed, May 25, 2022
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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38 Yale Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739, USA

Veterans Healing Farm (VHF) is excited to announce Service Dog
Training in collaboration with the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) of Asheville. Classes will
take place at the VHF, located at 38 Yale Rd., Hendersonville, NC from April 6 to May 26th,
weekly on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00. There are four spots available with each veteran having
their own dog to train. “This is the first class in what we hope will be an ongoing program,” said
Al Yeck, Executive Director for the VHF.
WCC utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to help recovering Warriors reconnect
with life, their families, their communities, and each other. Warrior trainers are taught to praise
and provide treats to their dogs when they experience a startling event, such as hearing a car
backfire. Rather than turning inward to focus on their past trauma, the trainers must get outside
of their own heads to focus on the dogs and their mission to help another Veteran. Additionally,
dogs offer opportunities for Warrior trainers – who often isolate themselves from society – to
experience positive interactions with members of the community. Their training requires
emotionally numb Warriors to demonstrate positive emotion in order to successfully teach their