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About Veterans K9 Solutions is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Augusta, Georgia dedicated to rescuing dogs and helping disabled veterans, giving back to those in need by saving two lives at a time.

Veterans K9 Solutions Team

Founder - Jerry Lyda Jerry Lyda

Jerry is the co-owner of Southern K9 Solutions and founder of Veterans K9 Solutions, Inc. Jerry began training dogs at an early age, in the early 50's; from the time he was big enough to walk, he learned to train from his Dad. In the 60's, he helped his uncles train Setters, German Short Haired Pointers, Beagles, and Fox Hounds. In those days, dogs were trained to help bring food to the table. He has always been surrounded by dogs, whether as pets or their prized hunters. Jerry had always been brought up on the dog's ability to use their nose. This ability of dogs is what got Jerry's motor running.
After returning home from serving in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, he began working with dogs again, picking up right where he left off. He got his first German Shepherd Dog, Max, in 1972. You may say that Max is what made it all happen. The desire of this dog to please was amazing. His eagerness to learn opened another avenue of training. Schutzhund was new and there were hardly any clubs around to train with. Jerry primarily learned by trial and error. This is a hard way to learn but you have to work at it to get what you want. Max passed away at age thirteen, and then came another and another and another. His dog Bentley is now deceased, but he had done everything that Jerry asked of him. Bentley has many titles, such as AKC obedience CD, and at the AKC National GSD Specialty show in Perry, GA, Jerry and Bentley were winners of the Team Obedience Competition in 2001. Bentley has a HIC, CGC. They competed in Schutzhund and got their BH, SchH1 and scored highest in SchH2. They competed and titled in American Street Ring with their ASR-EL and ASR -1. Bentley retired after injuring his ACL during training. Bentley was Jerry's biggest fan, going with him to all training sessions (and getting his bite in of course). Jerry has three other GSD Lexus, Reba, and Rouge, titled in APPDA. The two females are the base for the Von Der Lyda Haus Kennels. Both bitches will produce the best in working line GSD's. Jerry, with the help of his partners and members, also ran the CSRA Working Dog Club as the Training Director and President. As well as running a Sport Dog Clun, Jerry was also a Board of Director and Judge for the original American Protection and Patrol Dog Association. Additionally, he was a board member for the Augusta German Shepherd Dog Club through the American Kennel Club.
Jerry says that no matter what the dog's job, it all stems from obedience. Training through positive motivation makes it fun for both the dog and handler. In turn, making for a better bond and trust.

Trainer - Jay LydaJay Lyda

Co-founder of Veterans K9 Solutions and Co-owner of Southern K9 Solutions. Jay has gained extensive knowledge of the methods needed to train a dog in any venue over the past couple of decades. He has gained an important ability in training; knowing how to read a dog. With having this skill Jay can train any dog to any clients wishes. Jay is an experienced master obedience instructor and a certified decoy. He has decoyed in trials, seminars, has been the training decoy and obedience instructor for countless dogs who have competed and passed in ASR, APPDA, as well as dogs who have gone on to work as personal protection dogs, patrol service dogs and military working dogs. Jay was the head decoy, obedience instructor and vice president for the CSRA Working Dog Club as well as holding the title of one the board of directors for the original American Protection and Patrol Dog Association. "Jay Bird" as we call him understands the importance of dedication and clear communication. With these two elements he has brought together many K9 and handler teams. Getting inside the dogs head and relaying this info to the handler is not something everyone has the talent for, this is what makes Jay such an asset to Veterans K9 Solutions.

Trainer - Al Wood Al Wood

Master Trainer Al Wood is a Vietnam Veteran (1969-1970) with 40 years of dog training experience. Al was with the Vestal Police Department in New York where he was a Police Dog Handler/Trainer. He has also trained and certified DEA Narcotic Dogs for the 15th Judicial District of Middle Tennessee. Al is the owner of ThunderHawk K-9 Training.

His National Certifications include:
Master Trainer – 1200 hours at West Virginia Canine College
North American Police Working Dog Association
National Narcotics Detector Dog Association

Al is Certified to train dogs for:
Problem solving
All levels of obedience
Patrol Dog
Search and Rescue
Scent Detection: Tracking, evidence, building and area searching, narcotics, bomb, arson, and cadaver.
Personal and Home Protection
Basic First Aid and Care of dogs

Master Trainer Al Wood feels that “as a Disabled Veterans myself, I can help my fellow Veterans by 'Paying it Forward' with my knowledge and experience.”


Vice President - Jerry Jay Lyda Jr.

Secretary - Tanya Bonitatibus

Treasurer - Kelly McClendon

Member - Brad Owens

Member - Alfred McClendon


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