Warrior Canine Connection utilizes the healing power of the human-animal bond to help Warriors in recovery from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
At Warrior Canine Connection, Golden and Labrador Retriever puppies are purpose-bred for their calm, affectionate demeanor, which aids in therapy.
Justin and Gabe
Retired Army Staff SGT Justin Lansford with his service and mobility dog, Gabe. Gabe is a 2013 graduate of the Warrior Canine Connection program.
Warrior Canine Connection dogs are also utilized as facility and therapy dogs in military and Veterans Administration hospital settings.
Puppy in training
A Service Member works to train a Warrior Canine Connection puppy.
Man's best friend
Retired Army Staff SGT Justin Lansford, who was gravely wounded while on active duty in Afghanistan, and his WCC service dog, Gabe.
Canine Connection Therapy
Service Members and Veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries benefit from Canine Connection Therapy.
The Healing Quarters
The canine-Warrior bond begins with socializing Golden and Labrador Retriever puppies at the Warrior Canine Connection “Healing Quarters” in Brookeville, MD.
Veterans start working with the dogs when they are just puppies.
Road to recovery
Recovering Warriors and Veterans visit the Brookeville, MD “Healing Quarters” of Warrior Canine Connection as part of their recovery process.
Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
Tanya has been writing for Live Science since 2013. She covers a wide array of topics, ranging from neuroscience to robotics to strange/cute animals. She received a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Brown University. She has previously written for Science News, Wired, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, the radio show Big Picture Science and other places. Tanya has lived on a tropical island, witnessed volcanic eruptions and flown in zero gravity (without losing her lunch!). To find out what her latest project is, you can visit her website.