Program History

Next Step Service Dogs was founded in 2012 by Sally Montrucchio. The focus of NSSD is to implement a new flagship program to serve military men and women who would benefit from the use of a service dog for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and also for those military men and women who would benefit from a career training service dogs for their fellow warriors.

Our Mission

The mission of Next Step Service Dogs (NSSD) is to renew the lives of Veterans and First Responders with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and/or Military Sexual Trauma through the training and placement of highly trained service dogs.

What We Do

NSSD is reducing the surging demand for well-trained and effective service dogs by supporting clients in training their own dogs for service or by pairing them with suitable donated dogs to train.

Next Step Service Dogs does not charge for service dogs or their training and supports each dog through its lifetime.

Upcoming Events

Free Lecture presented by NSSD
Dog Behavior & Training Problems with Dr. Ian Dunbar
Date: January 18, 2022
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Double Peak Brewing Co.
1801 Diamond Street, Suite 101
San Marcos, CA 92078
*No registration required