PTSD

Helping those living with trauma get back to a sense of safety.

Overview

For individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder, feelings of intense anxiety and stress can cause havoc in their lives. An Assistance Dog are trained to use their skills to detect and help reduce these feelings. An ever-present friend, always by their side.

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PTSD Assistance Dog

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Assistance Dogs are trained to reduce the impact of symptoms for people living with this condition, improving their overall quality of life.

Characteristics of a Quality PTSD Service Dog

Assistance Dogs are intelligent and have a strong work ethic that allows them to learn 50 cues that allow them to offer both practical and emotional support to their client. Most importantly though is the loving bond they form with their client. Always by their side, ready to take on what each day holds.

Training & Advanced skills

Offering both physical and emotional support skills, Assistance Dogs can create space in crowded areas for their client to help them feel more secure. They can also sense when they’re stress and anxiety levels are heightening and offer a variety of cues to help ground them.

How our dogs help those living with PTSD

Physical Contact

Assistance Dogs can sense rises in levels of the stress hormone cortisol that often occur as panic attacks or nightmares. Our dogs immediately offer physical contact to help ground their client and break the cycle of negative thought patterns.

Positional Cues

Our dogs are taught a series of cues that allow their handler to position the dog as required to create space for themselves in crowed public areas. This gives them an increased sense of security.

Community Engagement

With an Assistance Dog by their side, our clients have an increased sense of security. This allows them to once again have the confidence to venture out and engage with the community.


Success Story

success story

Former Sergeant Rob was part of the Victorian Police force for 24 years. He saw countless crime scenes, road accidents, and was one of the first officers at the scene of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. It took a heavy toll on him, and Rob developed post-traumatic stress (PTS). Jimmy helped to turn Rob’s life around.

“I wouldn’t be here without Jimmy.” Rob, Victoria


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