Daniel – Lincoln County

Dallas Fort Worth

I have always loved animals and I was the child that would bring home injured animals or a stray dog or cat. I probably should have started a career working with animals, but I am also a people person.  I went into public service and became a deputy sheriff for Calhoun County, Alabama and Fulton County, Georgia.  From 2007-2010, I served my country in the Army.  I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri as a 31B (Military Police).  I enjoyed being an Army MP, which lead me to pursue my next career as an EMT.  I had an Army buddy who was a medic, and I did some ride outs with him and fell in love with EMS.  I got out of the Army due to medical reasons.  Even though I never went to a war zone, I had several buddies come home severely injured or with PTSD.  Some did not come home. It was hard on me, especially when one of my buddies was killed and I got the news that he had died.

Because of working in public services and seeing things that most people do not see on a daily basis, I was told by my doctor I had PTSD.  For the longest time I had night terrors and still do from time to time.  I also did not like going into big crowds because it made me very nervous.

This past winter, my doctor thought it would be a good idea if I got a Service Dog.  Ever since I got Ashbear, my world has changed.   She is not only my best friend, but she helps me feel like I can do things that I have not done in a long time; like going out in public for extended periods of time.  My night terrors reduced greatly and my Service Dog alerts me when I am having one and helps calm me.

Ash-and-DanielBeing a Service Dog trainer is a great way to give back to my community.  If i can get just one person to live a better life and be happy again then my job is complete and gives me a great sense of satisfaction.  Having my own Service Dog has shown me exactly how they must be trained to a very high standard including tasks specific to a client’s needs, disabilities, and limitations.


Service Dogs For Those With PTSD and Other Disabilities