As some of you know, I’ve been following the research regarding service dogs and treatment for PTSD. The more I read about it, the more amazed I am at its success. The service dog in the article link below wakes his owner up at the BEGINNING of nightmares–before his owner even realized they were occurring. He also is able to sense anxiety in his owner and is trained to stay close and show affection during these times. Anecdotal evidence is showing that service members paired with these dogs require less medication and are significantly less likely to attempt suicide. I hope the research related to this movement progresses so the VA will help pay the costs of veterans being paired with service dogs. These folks deserve the best possible treatment when the return home, even if the treatment seems a bit out of the box!
Man’s best friend….Again