The Difference Our 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!
- “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 experiences 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…
- 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.
Service Dogs UK is open for Application from Veterans/Members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services, with a clinical PTSD diagnosis in West Sussex, Surrey and East & North Hampshire – click here to find out more.