The Benefits of Owner-Trained Service Dogs Are Unbeatable!

P.T.S.D. Service Dog

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health is

“a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.” https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

Studies have shown that a person with PTSD can greatly benefit from a task trained "medical alert" dog.  A dog can help with a variety of tasks that a person suffering may need. Many dogs learn to sense their owners moods and anticipate their needs through training and intuition.  They can alert to the Cortisol level change that is happening during a stressful event. They can mitigate a panic attack through a variety of means, from deep pressure sensations, to simply licking the face of their handler. They can also be taught to distract in other ways, which will allow the handler to regroup and re-balance. One of the symptoms of PTSD can be nightmares. A dog can be trained to wake up his or her handler and provide comfort and reassurance. A trained dog can provide a sense of order and stability for someone who perhaps is returning from a military situation and needs to find that sense of organization that civilian life may be lacking. A dog is always right THERE for the handler be it at the grocery store, the doctor’s office or merely just walking down the street. They become a partner both physically and emotionally providing an outlet for the handler. 

Here at Paws-Abilities we want to help you create the type of partner that will allow you to complete all of your ADLs without needing to further depend on another person. We will work with you to create a list of tasks your dog can do to individually help you through your episodes and also to create a sense of togetherness which, studies have shown, will help lessen the severity and occurrences of panic or other PTSD related issues. With training, your dog can help you move more freely and unconcerned through out your day but will be there if you need it to offer the type of support tailored to your specific needs, including but not limited to, deep pressure therapy, licking your hand or face or moving between you and a stressor.
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