Matthew "Boats" Masingill

Matthew Masingill

Canine Director of Operations and Founder


Matthew T. Masingill is a 21-year retired United States Navy warrior, has spent over 27 years in uniform and is a Service Dog advocate serving the warrior and military community.

Masingill served honorably from 1992 to 2012 as a Boatswains Mate First Class (SW). Throughout his time in the service, he drove small craft in a variety of roles, managed harbor operations overseas and in the continental United States supervising ship maintenance and operated as a combat Coxswain instructor for Anti-terrorism force protection certifying Second Fleet vessels. Masingill’s duty stations included Norfolk Naval Base, (CG-47) USS Ticonderoga, Little Creek, VA, (PC-2) USS Tempest, New London Submarine Base, ARDM-4 Shipping Port, LaMadalena, Italy, (AS-39) USS Emory S. Land, Naval Station Mayport, FL, Harbor Operations, Submarine Base Bremerton, WA, (AS-39) USS Emory S. Land, Diego Garcia, Guam, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, NH.

Masingill was responsible for over 175 personnel and 11.1 million dollars worth of military equipment. He trained all security personnel at all east coast Naval Installations in waterborne anti terrorist operations. Masingill completed over 6 deployments to over 30 countries and received numerous personal awards.

Over the past five years, Masingill has become very active within the Warrior Service Dog industry. Masingill previously served with organizations such as K9s for Warriors and has extensive experience in program management and development, training and pairing service dogs with warriors, and acting as the lead Warrior trainer with over 200 Warrior K9 teams graduating and recertifying under his leadership.

Masingill not only brings his own military experience to his work, but also leverages his perspective as a warrior and military spouse; his wife is a Navy Warrior. Masingills' expertise is recognized within the community and he has served as an industry expert on panels ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to service dogs, as well as First Responder training for PTSD and Service Dogs. Masingill himself has been paired with his Service Dog, Dozer, for four years. In his youth Matt attended Carson Long Military Institute and after graduation joined the US Navy. Throughout his naval career he worked as an instructor and mentored junior sailors and now through his work with service dogs he continues to give back to his fellow warriors.