Founder of Giving Retriever, LLC
Heidi Bonorato has a keen understanding of the human-animal bond through personal experience as a child and professional experiences in Veterinary Medicine and Assistance Dog training. She is a graduate and a former instructor of Bergin University of Canine Studies, the only accredited academic institution in the world solely dedicated to advanced canine education and research.
As a Service Dog Training Instructor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, she assisted in the establishment of the Warrior Transition Brigade Service Dog Training Program and co-authored the program’s Veteran Service Dog Training Curriculum.
Heidi has written in publications for the Journal of Army Medicine on Animal-Assisted Therapy in addition to co-authoring Occupational Therapy research and case studies to substantiate the use of Assistance Dog Training in the clinical environment. She has been featured in speaking engagements with Department of the Army and Pentagon officials on the benefits of Service Dogs in the therapeutic environment as well as Animal Planet documentaries on Assistance Dog training and Early Puppy Education. She has trained numerous therapy and Assistance Dogs for disabled individuals including children, seniors and Veterans.
Inspired by her role as a mother and practical experience and insight into the ways in which Assistance Dog training can benefit a person with special needs and subsequently improve a family dynamic, she established Giving Retriever, LLC.