Patriot K9s of Wisconsin (PK9s) is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization providing Psychiatric Service Dogs and training for Disabled Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress\Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma free of charge.
PK9s was founded in November of 2017 by Sarah Thuot and Candy Wieloch. Neither are currently active in the organization.
Success to date; we have trained and graduated 82 Service Dog Teams and usually have around 35 dogs in training at various stages.
We are located in Wausau, WI and serve all qualified veterans. Veterans are required to attend a minimum of 30 weeks of training at the Wausau Facility.
PK9s is funded by donations, foundations, and grants. It costs on average $17,500 per Service Dog which is below the national average of $20,000 for Psychiatric Service Dogs.
Puppy Raiser Program – We use volunteer foster homes to raise our service dog candidates from 8 weeks to 12-14 months of age. PK9s provides training, food, equipment and veterinary care.
Paws for Patriots Program – This is an extension of our Puppy Raiser Program within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Redgranite Correctional Facility. Puppies are placed within the prison with inmate raisers for one year. Dogs are trained in obedience and started in service dog work.
Service Dog Boot Camp – A six-week course for veterans needing handler skills and for dogs needing obedience training. During this class we train handler and service dog candidates to the skill level of the AKC Canine Good Citizen.
Veteran Owned Puppy Classes – This class was developed for Veteran owned dogs under one year of age. A weekly class that covers house training to obedience skills up to the level of the AKC Canine Good Citizen.
Service Dog Class – This class is designed to train veteran and service dog candidate together for 24 weeks. Tasks covered are:
Alerting for Anxiety or Stress – Self Harm Interruption Deep Pressure Therapy – Nightmare Alert – Medication Reminder – Watching Your Six – Body Blocking – Public Access – ADA Requirements – Dealing with the Public Restaurants & Dogs