What Can PTSD Service Dogs Do?

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What can PTSD service dogs do?

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PTSD service dogs are trained to alleviate the symptoms of their owners with PTSD. There are many things a PTSD service dog can do for its owner:
  • Blocking: The dogs can position themselves between owners with PTSD and others, thus creating a space.
  • Indicate: The dogs can indicate whether there is someone else approaching to help avoid flashbacks, and remain neutral if they are just owner's imaginations.
  • Interrupting: The dogs can interrupt their owner's nightmares once sensing the nightmares-signals. They can also interrupt owners' anxiety through changing focus like bringing a toy for play.
  • Deep pressure therapy: When owners are feeling overwhelmed by emotions, dogs may lie across their torsos, which will have a calming and soothing effect.
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