Denise Costanten

last updated 1/12/2018

Denise Costanten

Ecxecutive Director at Brigadoon Service Dogs Inc

4759 Mission Rd, Bellingham, Washington, United States
HQ Phone:
(360) 733-5388

General Information


Sales Representative - Prudential

Owner and Trainer - Cassidae Canine Education Center


Assistance Dog Institute

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Community groups like the Lynnwood Rotary are coming alongside veterans to teach life skills and help them readjust to civilian culture, and individuals like Denise Costanten, owner of Brigadoon Service Dogs, are also using their knowledge to help.
After seeing the hardships her own brother went through as a Vietnam veteran, Costanten began to explore the possibility of training dogs who typically served the blind and handicapped to help those suffering with PTSD. "Some veterans need help with balance and other physical conditions, but many just need to know that someone or something is watching their back," Costanten said. "In the past when I have gone out in public with John, his eyes were shifting, darting here and there, looking behind him," Costanten said. "Ravi was leaning against his leg and that gave him enough comfort to be able to look at me and have a conversation without having to be vigilant," Costanten said.

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Brigadoon Service Dogs founder and executive director Denise Costaten is here, along with beans, a service dog in training to talk about the organization.
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Brigadoon founder Denise Costanten said that in addition to the five dogs at the prison, five others are in advanced training.
She said that takes up to two years to train a service dog, and costs about $20,000. All of the dogs that have gone to veterans have been donated. By having the prisoners help with the early training months of the dogs, she said she'll be able to put more dogs out to veterans, and she hopes to see the program double.

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