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2 Mayte K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valor Medical Service Dogs has excellent methods for training dogs. All methods are kind and humane. Ernie, Shirley and Ernie Jr. understand the language and needs of dogs. They are flexible about allowing the owners to decide for themselves which methods you are comfortable with. They are clear on what you need to practice and give you homework. It's up to you to practice but I am now communicating more 'clearly' to my dog. I highly recommend his services for happier dogs and humans. The improvement is evident!!

2 Tom J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ernie and his team will spend any amount of time with you. They are always willing to assist in anyway and help you understand why dogs react like they do and how you should handle the situations. So in essence they train you and the dog. VMSD provided me a dog free of charge and still provide training and advice. They go above and beyond for Veterans and Children. We all are blessed there are people such as these in the world. Ernie excels at evaluating dogs and matching them to the right person. Very Knowledgeable and helpful. Totally recommend them and so grateful for all the help they provide.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been so fantastic. My daughter is thrilled with the dog they matched her up with. It has helped her greatly during her night terrors. They work so hard to prepare the dogs for the hard work they will do. Ernie, Shirley, and Ernie really care about their dogs and who they get paired with.

4 Thunders_Mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valor Medical Service Dogs (VMSD) provides service dogs for veterans and children with certain disabilities, such as autism, diabetes, and epilepsy. Their professional trainers interview potential service dogs looking for the proper temperament before even considering training a dog to be a service animal. Once approved, the dogs go through rigorous training for more than a year to learn the tasks involved and meet (and exceed) the required achievements and milestones required of any service animal. There are several levels of testing each dog must achieve before its final test and the animal can be deemed a “Service Dog”.

Ernie Sr., Shirley, and Ernie Jr. have dedicated their lives to being in service and helping others to achieve their greatest level of independence. This organization is changing the lives of veterans and children one dog at a time. VMSD also offers a camp for kids in the summer, teaching them to how to feed the dogs and give basic commands, as well as walk them, and teach them to heel, and this also teaches the dogs to be comfortable around kids.

Thunder is my service dog. He was trained by Ernie Sr. specifically for my best friend, a veteran who served with Ernie in Iraq. We received Thunder in December of 2018, and almost overnight he literally revitalized my friend’s life. My friend unfortunately passed away a few weeks ago and Ernie and Shirley have graciously offered Thunder to me to help me cope with my issues surrounding his death. I cannot even describe the difference and comfort Thunder provides me. He is literally saving my life! I will never be able to thank VMSD enough for all they have done for me. I have been making donations for the last year in mine and my friend’s name and I invite you to do the same. This organization is the real deal!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to witness the amazing work valor k9 does for Veterans and even told another Veteran how amazing the whole team there are. Valor k9 saves lives and I am thankful for the healing razalie has given to my husband.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone at Valor Medical Service Dogs have been amazing! We've been working with them with our sons service dog for awhile and it's been great! A true blessing for my son and our family. I would definitely recommend them!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ernie,Shirley and Ernie Jr. have been a Godsend to my furbaby and I. I have prayed and searched for years for assistance. They are kind, loving people, that want to help people in need. They are extremely knowledgeable and know what they are doing. They give of their heart and really care what they are doing. I thank God everyday for finding them for us.

4 Daniel D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valor Medical Service Dogs is true blessing, Ernie and the whole team they go above and beyond.
Not only do I love my Service dog Raz the life I live is a live I'm proud to have with my head held high

I cant say enough about everyone of the trainers and all the hard workers at Valor Medical Service Dogs in short I recommend them to anyone and everyone thank you ...

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working with Ernie, Shirley and Ernie for almost a year. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful! I'm extraordinarily grateful for them and all the time and effort they put into ensuring each and every team have what they need. Thank You!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ernie is a very caring person and said he is gonna be able to help my daughter get her a dog to help her out . The dogs and puppies are all great there and the staff are really nice and they treat the dogs really great and the place is great

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ernie and his family are amazing. They do so much for others by training dogs or finding the right dogs for them.

4 Ernie T. Rivera S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, they provide free medical service dogs to veterans and disabled children.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valor Medical Service Dogs is an amazing organization. The facilities are clean, beautifully landscaped and filled with the most amazing, loving, well behaved puppies and dogs of various ages. Even the smallest of them all, 11 week old Lucky knows how to sit and various commands just like the older puppies. Ernie is the best at training dogs and he does it with love and patience. If you need a well trained service dog or just need your pet to behave like a service dog, I highly recommend Valor Medical Service Dogs.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valor Medical Service Dogs was started by Ernie after he recovered from being severely wounded in Iraq.
He dedicates his life to helping other disabled veterans and disabled children with professional trained medical service dogs.

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

I am reporting them to all news stations in Florida and North Carolina. Already contacted an attorney and the DOJ and and disability local attorney because they are refusing to give Charlie back to my daughter after saying they are taking him to the vet to see why he’s been itching constantly since the day we got him. The reason is because the owners wife changed the time of meeting from evening to afternoon (in the afternoon we were meeting up) but I rearranged my schedule to accommodate meeting her in evening and didn’t have a charger so my phone died after I told her I couldnt make it to where she was. The reason The owner stated they are not giving him back is because I made his wife wait an hour and a half! Seriously she changed timing I apologizd my phone died and they choose to hurt a disabled child! I will be making them famous but not for the reason they may hope! I am sharing every text and the contract with added clause and the rude messages they both sent me His wife said I hurt my daughter not them! Are you kidding! I have texts to prove everything! They have no legit reason for taking away her service dog in training. Charlie which was her service dog she was getting to keep! What the owners of this organization did to my daughter is completely bs! I hope they don’t do this to any more kids or any vets! How can a disabled vet with ptsd do this to an innocent disabled child that also has ptsd!??! It blows my mind!!! So sad but he truth will come out and I will fight until we can’t fight anymore to get Charlie back to where he belongs! #fighttobringCharliehome