Service dogs are considered working dogs and are custom-trained to assist people with mobility and psychiatric limitations. Trained and certified post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) service dogs and mobility service dogs can enhance a person’s independence by helping with tasks such as:
· Interrupting: Dogs are taught to look for clues indicating an upcoming anxiety attack and react by nuzzling hands, putting paws on the person, nudging and jumping on the person to help relieve the PTSD event.
· Blocking: Dogs are taught to create space for the handler on command investigate the premises to prevent people from entering their space or approaching from the front in a manner that could trigger a PTSD event.
· Grounding: Dogs are taught to lay across the legs of a veteran or victim of PTSD to apply pressure and compression. They are also taught to put their paw on the handler to help with grounding and balance. This works well with people suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), PTSD and autism.
In addition, service dogs and mobility service dogs can be used for calming, pulling wheelchairs, opening doors, turning on light switches, picking up objects, and bracing for men women and veterans suffering from PTSD. For example, if a client falls, the mobility dog can act as a brace to help them up. Integrating a specially trained service dog or mobility dog into the life of a challenged individual can give that person back their independence, freedom, and self-worth. The dog and recipient will work as a team to perform a variety of tasks depending on the specific needs of the individual. Our Head trainer has trained PTSD service dogs and mobility service dogs to assist men women, and veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other conditions affecting their mobility, strength or independence.
Integrating a specially trained PTSD or mobility service dog into the life of a challenged individual can give that person back their independence, freedom and self worth. The dog and recipient will work as a team to perform a variety of tasks depending on the need of the individual.
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