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BFRB Service Dogs Launch

$385 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 6 months
Follow my journey at https://bfrbdogs.com/.

This is the start of a 5-year plan to effectively train and place psychiatric service dogs with individuals living with body-focused repetitive behaviors, or BFRBs, including skin picking (dermatillomania/excoriation disorder), hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting, and related disorders. I have just completed working with my first foster dog (adopted!) to get practice in the realm of canine behavior and training. I will continue to work with dogs, gain experience, train my own service dog, and then begin training dogs for others with BFRBs.

The ultimate goal is to scale this project by certifying other trainers to specialize in BFRB service dog training.

I'm seeking funding to help offset the following costs of this project:

PHASE 1A: BFRB DOGS LAUNCH
$220 - logo design for BFRB Dogs
$300 - annual website hosting cost (WordPress)
$3,500 - service dog training education (myself) to develop training program
$100 - establish LLC for-profit business (in New Hampshire) for this project (for-profit allows a more expedient launch with less red tape!)
~$1,000 - trademark BFRB Dogs and BFRB Stories (including logos)

PHASE 1B: PROMOTION & PODCAST
TBD - social media promotion
$85 - annual BFRB Stories podcast hosting fees (podcast will help promote this project and provide an additional resource for the BFRB community)
~$140 - BFRB Stories podcast logo
$175 - initial podcasting equipment investment, including audio equipment for phone guests
~$1,000 - initial swag investment (merchandise) to sell, including design costs

PHASE 2: THE DOGS
TBD - raise/evaluate, train and place the first 3-5 dogs with BFRB partners
TBD - develop cost structure

PHASE 3: SCALE DOG PLACEMENT -- NON-PROFIT
$425 - establish separate nonprofit entity (in New Hampshire) to certify other dog trainers
TBD - develop training program for established dog trainers to become certified in BFRB service dog training
TBD - recruit additional dog trainers willing to specialize in this cause
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Another milestone accomplished!! I received offline financial support from family for the Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer Program, which I start within the next few weeks! Thanks all! More than halfway there!
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A short video of thanks! Thank you to all who have donated already! This short video outlines what I value, the status of BFRB Stories, and bit about what I hope for the future regarding service dogs for partners with dermatillomania (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling) and related disorders.
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Raised by 9 people in 6 months
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