Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD Service Dogs
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety
disorder that can occur after you have been through a
traumatic event. During this type of event, you think
that your life or other's lives are in danger. You may
feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what
Anyone who has gone though
a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events
- Combat or Military
- Child sexual or
- Terrorist attacks
- Sexual or physical
- Serious accidents,
such as a car wreck
- Natural disasters,
such as a fire, tornado hurricane, flood, or
After the event, you may
feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don't
go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD. These
symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to
continue with your daily activities.
Canines 4 Hope can
create customized training programs for PTSD Service
Dogs to help those who are suffering and living with Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD Dogs are trained to:
- Assistance in a medical
- Provide treatment
- Assistance in coping
with emotional overload
- Perform security enhancement
A Specially Trained PTSD Dog can provide a
security, calming effects, and physical exercise that
can make a positive difference in the life of those that
suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like all
assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is
individually trained to do work or perform tasks that
mitigate their handler's disability. Training may
include providing environmental assessment (in such
cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling
behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious
behavior reminding the handler to take medication,
retrieving objects and guiding the handler from
stressful situations. PTSD
Service Dogs can literally change the life of a Veteran
or other persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD Service dogs can help a
Veteran remain calm by preventing people from crowding
around or rushing up behind in public places which will
provide a comfortable space for the Veteran or PTSD
PTSD Service Dogs can:
- help adjust
- help lower blood
- help with episodes
- calm their handler
- preventing people
from crowding around or rushing up on their handler
The above tasks
represent what a PTSD service dog is capable of performing. Each
PTSD service dog is specifically trained to their owners personal needs based on their medical condition and may or may not include the
above tasked described.
Hope has been training PTSD Service Dogs in Florida and
across the country for over 20 years.
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PALM CITY, Fla. - Around a home in Palm City, there is much more than a game of catch on the line. For Andrew Snow peace of mind has been hard to find. Two tours in Iraq left their mark. Over the past seven years Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder took over until something happened last December.
"He's my best buddy, we play together, sit and watch TV together," says Snow.
'He' is Humphrey who came running into his life. The service dog, complete with a vest and credentials, offers more than companionship. "Haven't been as depressed, more likely to go out," Snow adds.
That's precisely the reason Canines 4 Hope has made its way into the lives of people across America. It all began in the backyard of a Palm City home.
"We're very much a mom and pop operation," Jason DeVito said.
DeVito and his family never miss a step. Nor do his students. The certified dog trainer has about 12 K9s at a time training every day for five months to get them ready for work.
"The benefit for us is that we're able to train for a number of different disabilities ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to children with special needs," says DeVito.
In fact, each one of the dogs has a mission. Anna the German Shepherd is headed for Michigan to help tackle another case of PTSD. Charlie the golden retriever will help a child live with autism. Sugar will alert its future owner when their blood sugar gets low.
However, the biggest treat of all isn't training them but rather watching what happens after they go to a new home.
"It's joyful for me. I look at Andrew and Humphrey together and it just brings a smile to my face. It makes our efforts as a family here all worth it," says DeVito.
Nothing can take away the bond that's created when the training time of the dogs is up and they go to work.
"I have responsibility to take care of him which in turn helps me take care of myself better," says Snow.
DeVito says a majority of the service dogs he trains are for those on the autism spectrum.
and transcript visit:
PTSD Service Dog
Hello, my name is
I suffer from Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have been confined to my
home for the past 18 months. I take several medications
for my disability but none of them help me overcome the
fear of being alone in a public place. The simple task
of going to the supermarket for some milk would send me
into a full blown panic attack. I needed to be
accompanied by a friend anywhere I went. My life as I
knew it made me very depressed. I found myself in a rut,
I just didn't know how to get out of until I met Jason
the owner of Canines4hope. I was aware of service dogs
helping the blind and hearing impaired but I never knew
a service dog could help me with my situation. Jason
explained to me that if I was matched with the right dog
it could give me the confidence to try and overcome my
Fortunately for me we
found Kiera, a two year female German Shepherd rescue.
Jason trained Kierra for PTSD and to alert me to my
Kierra has changed my
life. There was an instant bond the first time we met.
She has given me a new found confidence. Kierra makes me
feel safe. She picks me up when I am feeling down, and
motivates me to do things with her. She has helped me
overcome my fear of being alone in public.
Since Kierra has come into my life everything has
changed. I feel so much better about myself. My
depression is much more manageable and guess what, I can
go to the supermarket or anywhere else I would like to
go by myself, and of course with Kierra.
It has been six months now since Kiera and I have
partnered, and I am proud to say that I have re enrolled
in school. The University has given me permission to
bring Kierra to class with me.
Kierra and I go to school four days a week, and we take
mass transit to get there.
I could not be happier with my decision to get a service
dog. Thank you Jason Devito and Canines4hope. Your
organization has given me a new lease on life and the
courage to conquer and achieve new milestones.
Canines 4 Hope is
located in Palm City, Palm Beach County, and The
Treasure Coast of Florida. Our
Service Dog Training services
are available to clients nationwide.