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Posts Tagged ‘service dogs’

Understanding Your Service Dog’s Body Language

December 28, 2016

America’s service dogs single-handedly save lives and enable people with disabilities to live fuller lives each and every day. If you have a service dog, you already recognize just how valuable your dog can be to your life in a wide variety of ways. While at work, he or she keeps a constant watch over you, ensuring that you get to live out your life with as much freedom as possible while staying safe. Even […]

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How Dogs Can Help Individuals Overcome PTSD

December 2, 2015

Dog owners understand that a couple of benefits of having a dog are that it helps decrease your stress level and it can help you get over a bad day or time in your life. People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can especially benefit from having a dog as a pet. Military veterans very commonly have symptoms of PTSD, but other individuals who have experienced traumatic events can experience it as well. Using dogs as […]

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How Service and Therapy Dogs Differ

July 23, 2015

While therapy and service dogs each play a role in supporting and helping people, there is more than a name difference between the two. Here’s a look some of the distinctions. Purpose Service dogs are intended to help people be independent. They are specifically trained to help those who would otherwise be limited by a disability. They work as a team with their respective handlers. Therapy canines are trained to give comfort and affection to […]

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How a Service Dog Can Help a Child with Autism

July 16, 2015

Therapy dogs have been assisting people with physical tasks for decades. Canines that guide blind people are afamiliar type of working dog. Less familiar are animals that provide emotional support for people with autism. For children with this condition, a dog is a soothing presence. People with autism deal with sensory overload, but with a canine companion by their side, they can better process an overwhelming array of sights, sounds and smells. Providing a Focal […]

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Veteran with PTSD Says He Wouldn’t Have Made It without His Service Dog (VIDEO)

June 29, 2015

It’s been nearly 20 years since Morgan Watt worked in the Air Force as a service dog handler and specialized in explosive detection. Recently, he was diagnosed with PTSD, a mental illness that affects roughly 8 million American adults each year — most of which are veterans. “Watt credits his service dog Foley, a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix trained at Southeastern Guide Dogs, for saving him from the crippling effects of PTSD. Foley helps Watt cope with the migraine […]

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Service Dogs: 5 Little Known Facts

June 24, 2015

Most people have seen and are somewhat familiar with the canines that help disabled individuals navigate through certain daily tasks. However, if you are not constantly in contact with or working with them, there are certain facts that you probably are not aware of. Below are five little known facts about service dogs. 1. Preparation Can Be Costly Preparing a dog for service is both time and money consuming. Just as with regular training, service […]

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How to Successfully Train Service Dogs

June 1, 2015

Dogs that are trained to assist individuals who have mental and physical impairments must go through a rigorous training schedule that sets them apart from other pets. For trainers who are willing to do the work, the reward is a well behaved dog that is accepted by the public. An assistance dog can be trained by the disabled person him or herself, or the dog can be trained by an outside party before working with […]

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How Dogs Can Help Children with Autism

May 7, 2015

While most people are aware of the benefits that service dogs provide for those with physical impairments, many do not realize that assistance dogs can also be trained to provide emotional support. Children with autism face challenges that most of us do not understand, and a well-trained dog can help them in multiple ways. This makes these types of service dogs very unique. Help Sort Out Sensory Input Autistic individuals often have issues with sensory […]

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Dogs Offer a Helping Paw in the Treatment of PTSD

May 5, 2015

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can develop following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, and it can cause extreme anxiety, sleeplessness, feelings of hyper vigilance, nightmares, and the inability to form healthy relationships with family and friends. This disorder can make it very difficult to function in everyday life, yet using dogs for therapy and as support animals has shown promise in helping to treat PTSD sufferers. The Benefits […]

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4 Types of Service Dogs You’re Probably Unaware Of

March 16, 2015

You are probably aware that service dogs exist to assist those who are visually impaired or those in wheelchairs. However, the scope of services available with trained canines includes way more than that. Here are four types of services you may not have known could be provided by man’s best friend. Medical Response Dogs. These canines are trained to be acutely aware of physiological changes their handler may experience. These changes may include a spike or […]

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