Psychiatric service dogs, are specially trained to
help returning home service men and women
with post traumatic stress disorder.
The Congressional Committee has been
very impressed with how these
dogs help our vets.
Some are trained to specific tasks, such as reminding a patient to take his medication at the appropriate time or interrupting repetitive compulsive behavior. Other assistance is more subtle, such as providing an immediate, tangible reality check for a patient who is prone to disassociate or a stabilizing support for an anxious person with agoraphobia who struggles to go out in the world.
Mental-health professionals and programs increasingly are using service dogs with children. Shy or nonverbal children often open up more readily in the presence of a calm, loving dog. Negative behavior patterns or tantrums may be interrupted with the appearance of a dog, and “dog time” can be a sought-after reward for meeting the conditions of a behavioral program. Many children with learning disabilities are more comfortable reading to a dog than to a person. Traumatized children are especially drawn to therapy dogs, and discussions of how they should be properly cared for are meaningful on multiple levels.
These dogs provide a valuable service.
Our vets who have served our country,
deserve the best care possible by
a wonderfully trained companion.
They provide comfort and
CNN Veterans PTSD using Psychiatric Service Dogs Video
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