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WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF PTSD
AND HOW CAN A SERVICE DOG HELP?
PTSD Service Dogs provide an extra pair of eyes to "Watch My Back" when stopped out in public.
People with PTSD are often stressed by crowds. The PTSD Service Dog is trained to lead their handler in and out of a crowd. By focusing on the canine companion, the person is less aware of the crowd and can follow the dog to their destination. Service Dogs 4 Servicemen retired greyhounds are about 25 to 28 inches tall at the shoulders and over 70 lbs. People will usually clear a path for the "Hero" dog team.
PTSD Service Dogs provide an extra pair of eyes to "Watch My Back" when stopped out in public. The handler places the dog behind them where it will stay and create a barrier for their owner. The handler feels more at ease knowing their back is protected. Handlers may also place the dog in front of them to provide a more comfortable distance between themselves and another person.
PTSD Support dogs are very good at sensing stress and providing relief as needed by their Veteran owners. The PTSD dog learns to accept hugging and comforting and will seek attention. The veteran by caring for their Service Dog have a reason for getting up in the morning as dogs need to be fed and walked. A dog can be a very good companion for anyone but especially for a war veteran with PTSD can provide focus, and security, and independence that they would not have without their dogs.
To become certified, the dogs go through four to six months of intensive training. The dog must demonstrate its obedience by passing a Canine Good Citizen "CGC" test. This test includes ten obedience exercises. The American Kennel Club nationally recognizes this test. Additionally, the dog must pass a Public Access Test "PAT" to demonstrate their behavior and Service Dog tasks in an indoor public setting.