October 2, 2018

President and Co-founder Don Gardner talks about training at "Service Dogs of Distinction"

"Service Dogs of Distinction" is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing quality service dogs to veterans.  We spoke with the President, Co-founder and Trainer, Don Gardner about his role and their training program.


Co-founder and trainer Don Gardner is from Arkansas and has 30 plus years of experience in training dogs. Don trained as an arms and explosives K-9 handler/trainer in England with the British military personnel.  Don and his dog teams have participated in searches for Harrods of London, Marine One, NASA, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Secret Service, F.B.I., terrorism task force and many others.  He believes that god gave him a gift to train dogs to help others and creating the "Service Dogs of Distinction" organization has been Don's life long dream.     


Many PTSD, TBI Veterans don't drive, don't answer the phone, don't go outside in public, don't interact with strangers and resist assistance.  These rescued dogs bring hope to veterans and a chance for a better life.   

If you are a veteran or know a veteran suffering from PTSD, TBI or related illness and are in need of a service dog or would like to make a donation or get involved please contact them at:

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Client Coordinator/Co-Founder

President and Founder


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