Through Faithfully K9, Conifer resident helps transform dogs into service animal
Through Faithfully K9, Conifer resident helps transform dogs into service animal was created by CanyonCourier
John Jackson has trouble sleeping at night.
As a Marine Corps veteran battling post-traumatic stress disorder, he’s often plagued with nightmares. He’s used to waking up multiple times in a “vicious cycle” of distress.
But that’s where Sierra comes in. His 5-year-old German shepherd service dog is trained to wake him up in the middle of the night if he’s having a nightmare. The dog will nudge Jackson in his chest and face until he rouses.
He attributes Faithfully K9, a Conifer-based service dog training organization run by Cathy Kowalski, for connecting the pair and helping train Sierra to provide support in a variety of scenarios.