Paws & Stripes College

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The Paws & Stripes® program started back in 2006 as a basic dog obedience program to help save the lives of dogs in our Brevard County Animal Shelter. Carefully selected and trained Jail inmates were paired with shelter dogs who train the dogs in both voice commands and hand signals. The dogs were housebroken, and learned basic obedience skills to include, heel, sit, down, stay, and come, all with the anticipation of getting the dog adopted into its Fur-ever home.

The Paws & Stripes® program has advanced into the “Paws and Stripes® College” and offers the basic tenants of the original program (now called the Comfort Dog Program) while serving as the foundation for the “College”.

Selected canine graduates of the original 8 week course now move into the advanced training program to serve as Law Enforcement & Multidiscipline Crimes Against Children Therapy Dogs.

Our Comfort Dog Program is geared towards citizens that would benefit from the companionship of a K9 friend.  The Comfort Dog Program helps:


  • Reduces anxiety & anger
  • Increase communication
  • Produces social interactions
  • Positive mood stabilizer
  • Helps with teaching responsibility
  • Stimulates cognitive response


  • Decreases anxiety in public places
  • Reduces symptoms of PTSD
  • Increase in undisturbed sleeping
  • Produces social interactions
  • Stimulates cognitive response
  • Higher test scores
  • More likely to graduate

Potential owners must complete an (8) hour training course that is held over a period of 4 days and covers:

  • Basic Obedience
  • Rapport & K-9 Care
  • Comfort Dog rules & regulations
  • Adapting to a new home
  • Additional Opportunities for advanced training

The Law Enforcement & Multidiscipline Crimes Against Children Therapy Dog Training (Reserved for our Law Enforcement Partners) is an advanced 40 hour training course that consist of:

-Learning the Do’s & Don’ts of deploying a Therapy dog for child victims.

-Instructions & Practical Application include:


  1. Basic & Advanced Obedience
  2. Behavioral Observations
  3. Vehicle Ops
  4. Investigative Interview Technique
  5. Work place adjustments
  6. National Registration

-Home Adaptation (For those obtaining a K-9)

(This course prepares K-9 teams to complete the necessary requirements of becoming a Nationally Registered Therapy Dog Team.)

Regardless, if it is helping with the recovery of a child victim, helping veterans and first responders suffering from anxiety disorder, or a citizen of our community in need of animal-assisted comfort, this unique program has just the right pet to help just the right person and in the process, the program has saved hundreds of dogs that were at risk of being euthanized.

If you wish to have the comfort of a K9 Companion or participate in the Therapy Program (LE Only), the staff at the Paws and Stripes® College will gladly assist.

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If you are interested in adopting a Paws & Stripes® College graduate, please fill out the application below and email to

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This service is provided at NO COST to the adopter!

If you’d like to make a donation to the Paws and Stripes® College, please send a check or money order to:

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity, Inc.
700 S. Park Ave
Titusville, Fl 32780
*Please write “Pet Posse” on the memo line.

Online Donations can be made by clicking on the Donate Button below.