Craig Gresham founds Misha's Mates to help Tasmanian veteran trauma survivors

REMEMBER: Misha's Mates founder Craig Gresham and assistance dog Misty at the war memorial in Devonport, near where the organisation works to make assistance dogs accessible to veteran trauma survivors. Pictures: Scott Gelston
REMEMBER: Misha's Mates founder Craig Gresham and assistance dog Misty at the war memorial in Devonport, near where the organisation works to make assistance dogs accessible to veteran trauma survivors. Pictures: Scott Gelston

Training dogs for support and service roles can be a prohibitively expensive exercise, but a Devonport organisation is working to change that.

Misha's Mates is the answer Craig Gresham has been working towards for about five years now.

Misha was Craig's first, now retired, assistance dog.

Working exclusively with veterans and first responders, Mr Gresham provides the tools for people to train their own post-traumatic stress disorder assistance dogs.

He said because the veterans are training their own dogs, he is able to cut the cost of the service from tens of thousands of dollars to $1500.

"Our dogs are unique in a couple of ways," he said.

"The veterans are involved in training with the dog team from day one.

"They build a really special relationship, and learn the skills to work with their dog and really understand each other."

For more information about Mr Gresham and the lifesaving work of Misha's Mates visit the organisation's Facebook page.