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Companion Dog for PTSD

Icon_missing_thumb By michael zimmerman | August 01, 2012 | Answers (6)

I am an active duty Soldier stationed in Germany at the Warrior Transition Unit.  I have been diagnosed with severe PTSD, and my behavioral health team believes I could benefit from a "companion dog".  I had to look it up to even know what that was.  I understand you recently ended a program for Soldiers that provided them with companion dogs.  I would like to adopt a dog, but most of the programs I've seen available require the owner and dog to be in an intensive training program for several months.  We have nothing like that here.  Do you know of any programs that would allow me to train the dog on my own, or can you refer me to anything that may help?  Thank you for your time.

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Michael, Your team needs to use correct language. You need a psychiatric service dog, not a companion dog. A companion dog is a pet which gives you comfort in your home and usual recreation times. A psychiatric service dog is trained to assist you in public where your PTSD may happen. Therefore your Psych Service Dog has Public Access rights and goes with you everywhere. That is the difference.
Micheal, We can assist you to self train your dog. Contact us at bluekatlady@yahoo.com. We are At your Service Animals. we have a facebook page, www.facebook.com/atyourserviceanimals We can do this across the miles through the wonder of the internet and video. jenny nelson founder At Your Service Animals.
Hi Im sorry you have that. I have PTSD too but for other reasons. By the way thank you for your service. I hope this helps but there is a group here in illinois that is basically a group that trains American Staffordshire for Militery men and ladies with PTSD. Its called Pits for Patriots. They can be found on Facebook. Email them they I am pretty sure would definatly help with any advice and might be able to lead you in right direction. https://www.facebook.com/#!/pitsforpatriots Good luck.
some other suggestions fomm people on facebook: Phyllis Howley: Try Dogblessyou on Facebook. They train service dogs for soldiers I'm sure they can help. Good Dogs Heal: Our Facebook page lists lots of places that can help. We also post articles about what dogs can do for people who are suffering from PTSD. And people in our community can post here to tell you their own stories!
try contacting PawsandStripes.org They help provide dogs for veterans, but maybe they have some information on where an active duty soldier could go for help. Also, try contacting Luis with "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him". He's another that might be able to help. https://www.facebook.com/UntilTuesday
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