Heidi Bonorato is the Founder-Owner of Giving Retriever, LLC. She received her education from Bergin University of Canine Studies, the only accredited academic institution in the world solely dedicated to advanced canine education and research.
Prior to founding Giving Retriever, LLC she was a Service Dog Training Instructor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where 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. As a Canine-Integrated Therapy Provider, she currently provides programming in clinical, classroom and community environments.
Giving Retriever, LLC was established by combining the humbling experiences of parenthood, clinical therapeutic experience and over 25 years of dog training expertise. Using proven strategies that incorporate the Therapeutic Application of Assistance Dog Training with the unconditional love and acceptance of the canine-human bond, Giving Retriever works collaboratively with Educators, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Clinical Therapists with the special mission of strengthening our families and healing America’s most valuable assets, our children.