Founder and Executive Director, Warrior Canine Connection
Rick Yount has served in the field of social services for 30 years. He has involved animal-assisted therapy in his practice for the past 22 of those years. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Assistance Dog Education. He combined his social work knowledge and experience with his service dog training background to develop a novel intervention to help Service Members with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Rick pioneered the first therapeutic service dog training program at the Palo Alto, California Veterans Hospital in 2008.
Rick’s program concept, involving Veterans with PTSD in the training of mobility service dogs for fellow Veterans, has yielded very positive results. He has presented the program concept at forums including the VA National Mental Health Conference and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
Try to make a positive difference in the life of a Veteran.
One day at a time…
Pet a dog
Help train a service dog for a Veteran
Remain open to other’s perspectives even when they’re contradictory to your own.
Pic of the Day: This is Laura and her beautiful litter of five boys, born on December 11. You can watch them develop and grow before your own eyes on the Explore.org/WCC live puppy cam. You can check it out here.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City? The Diversity
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Italian sausage omelette at Woodside Deli
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Coffee and morning news
10:00 AM – On the phone or sending emails
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Mission BBQ’s brisket and cornbread
7:00 PM – Spending time with my three kids
11:00 PM – Finishing up emails
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee in the a.m. and iced tea in the p.m. — as many as it takes!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
Petting a puppy
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Nowhere, I hate being lost.