The Difference Our PTSD Assistance Dogs Make

Difference PTSD Assistance Dogs Make

As a charity we ask for regular feedback from our Veterans on how they are finding life and the programme – and how training or having a PTSD Assistance Dog is making all the difference.

We thought we will share some of our findings with you!

Key Changes

  • more confidence in meeting new people
  • more confident compared to when I started
  • my relationships have improved
  • it’s allowed me to live again
  • Getting out a little more having a purpose speaking and talking with new people and every now and then mingling with the public
  • I wouldn’t be here without my dog

Improvements that Veterans experience in other areas

  • Better sleep
  • Improvements with zoning out, nightmares, flashbacks, panic or anxiety attacks
  • Ability to make small talk, to relax, to self motivate and pushing yourself to do things and to face the world
  • Confidence with others
  • Feeling calmer
  • Feeling less down, depressed or hopeless and agitated/irritable
  • Feeling a sense of pride and purpose
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved frustration/anger management
  • Recognising self achievement

For those with an understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder these are very big changes. We, ourselves, see over the period of training and the programme, many big changes in people’s lives such the ability to take the kids to the park, concentrate on daily tasks better, relationships with children being improved or being far less isolated and actually getting out of the house instead of locking yourself in for weeks on end.  Some veterans have even taken up regular exercise besides the regular twice a day dog walk and are able to concentrate on daily tasks better.

Our PTSD Assistance Dogs are trained to help with…

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Zoning out
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Plus many other tasks which are individually tailored to the veteran and their unique needs. Trained PTSD Assistance Dogs provide 24/7 support to their partners.

More information

The Difference Dogs Make:
  • Increase in patience, impulse control, emotional regulation
  • Improved ability to display affection, decrease in emotional numbness
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased depression, increase in positive sense of purpose
  • Decrease in startle responses
  • Reduce anxiety & lower blood pressure
  • Decrease in pain medications
  • Increased sense of belonging/acceptance
  • Lowered stress levels, increased sense of calm

From Service Dog Training Program for Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress in Service Members – Yount, Olmert, Lee published: US Army Medical Department Journal 2012

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