Ibi Semper Training Inc

Engage, Improve, Save lives

Schenectady, NY   |  https://ibisempertraining.org
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Ibi Semper Training Inc

EIN: 84-4282620


Engaging Veterans and First Responders with PTSD, improve lives and help dogs in need through PTSD Service Dog training and promoting awareness of PTSD and Service Dog rights.

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President, Trainer

Sonya Ward


Shelley Van-Sleet-Dame

Main address

25 Dublin Dr

Schenectady, NY 12309 USA

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Subject area info

Animal training

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People with physical disabilities

People with hearing impairments

People with other disabilities

Military personnel


NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

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PTSD Service Dog training

Ibi Semper Training (IST) is a charitable non-profit that trains Veterans/1st Responders with PTSD and their dogs in a small guided group, usually no more than 4 teams at one time, to become PTSD Service Dog teams in a 8 months program. The teams will complete 6 months of in-classroom training and will then be tested for the American Kennel Club CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and CGCU (Canine Good Citizen Urban) tests by accredited AKC testers. Upon completion the teams advance to 2 months of Public Access training, where the classroom lessons will be reiterated in a public setting at various locations throughout the Capital District. The teams will complete the program after successfully passing the Public Access test.
IST will match the person with a temperament tested dog from a local shelter or rescue if needed. If the applicant would like to train their dog, we will be happy to temperament test that dog.
This program is free of charge for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
People with other disabilities
People with physical disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

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President, Trainer

Sonya Ward

was born in Germany and raised in Europe. She has traveled extensively, visiting all but one continent and an innate interest in culture and history. She has a German and American college degree majoring in business and marketing. Sonya has a lifelong love for dogs and has been training Veterans with PTSD and their dogs since 2015. She has and is continuing to attend workshops and training classes as well as immersing herself in material pertaining to Veterans, dogs and PTSD. It was due to the support and interest of the Veterans in the area that Sonya decided to start Ibi Semper Training, Inc and she is looking very much forward to working and training Veterans and First Responders in the Capital District.


Shelley Van-Sleet-Dame

Shelley Dame is a Hudson Valley Community College graduate in Business Administration and went on to receive her paralegal degree from National Paralegal Studies Program. She has a lifelong love for dogs and other animals and has been a dog trainer since 2017, training her own Golden Retriever as therapy dog. In 2018 Shelley founded and opened the very successful dog boarding business “All About Dawgs, LLC”. Besides being a Board member, Shelley is an active volunteer at IBI Semper Training and is very excited to be working with veterans and their dogs.”

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