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By David Shade

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David Shade discovered how powerful the relationship between humans and dogs can be and asks a very simple question that may help veterans returning to civilan life. He came back from Afghanistan in 2007, having served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, earning a Purple Heart for valor. David struggled for years with post-traumatic stress and found that the power dogs have to help humans heal. He says, "unexpectedly, the relationship with my dog has proven to be so remarkable that it helped mend the wounds of war and I have dedicated my life to helping animals and humans." David is a disabled combat veteran, an entrepreneur, a CEO, and a professional dog trainer. He served a tour overseas in 2007 with the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. During the tour, he was awarded with an Army Commendation Medal (with Valor Device) and The Purple Heart. After struggling for years with Post Traumatic Stress, he found that the power of healing dogs can bring is remarkable. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping animals and humans. He is now the CEO of At Attention Dog Training, where he and his team train dogs every day in an effort to keep happy dogs in happy homes.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2020
Publisher TEDx Talks
Size/Length 10:08
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Dogs
  3. Mammals
  4. open access
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. Service animals
  7. veterans
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