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On occasion we will donate a dog to be used by a military veteran suffering from PTSD. We have donated Patty to the Citadel K9 Society to be trained for this purpose. Patty began as one of many puppies from a large litter from our female Lab Sienna. We watched the puppies in the litter carefully as we socialized them to find one who would be suitable to serve as a PTSD service dog. By the time week eight came there were a few candidates who having been exposed to a thorough evaluation process would have been excellent choices. We ended up choosing our Chocolate Lab Patty and began her basic puppy obedience training straight away.
Patty graduated to a second trainer around the time she was 10 weeks old. Working dogs are a little different than pets, oh sure you can love them but when they are working in the task they have been trained to do that is all they focus on. Service dogs are trained to recognize, indicate and interrupt early signs of anxiety, panic attacks and nightmares, allowing the veteran to break the cycle and regain emotional control. Service dogs are only one part of the puzzle when dealing with PTSD.
Of the skills they are trained in they recognize the signs right before the Veteran experiences a flashback, or the signs of them having a nightmare and wake them and turn on the light to help them to see they are safe and allow them to regain control over their emotions.
After quite a few months Patty was given to her new owner who also continued Patty's training process. Reports from her owner indicate Patty is taking really good care of her.
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