Service Dogs: PTSD Service Dogs Top Service Dog Breeds for People with PTSD – Animal Facts
Top Service Dog Breeds For People with PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
While many of us equate Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder with military service, according
to the US National Institute of Health, at
any given time 24.4 million people or approximately
8% of the US population have PTSD.
To put that into perspective, that’s equal
to the entire population of Texas.
And, it can develop at any age, including
Our canine companions are not new to helping
us with our needs and have once again stepped
up, helping us to cope with the feelings of
fear and lack of control brought on by PTSD.
“Gumbo realizes that Eric is upset, even
before Eric realizes it.
Amazing instinct and the power to stop panic
attacks and tackle PTSD.”
Today, we’re going to get to know these
PTSD Service Dog breeds.
Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Let’s get started.
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We’ll get to the top dog breeds in a bit,
but first, let’s look at Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder and how these service dogs
help us to cope with a world of uncertainty.
PTSD is recognized as a psychobiological mental
disorder than can affect survivors not only
of combat experience, but also terrorist attacks,
natural disasters, serious accidents, assault
or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional
“His whole nervous systemgets highjacked
and he is no longer here psychologically.
He’s back some place else where there’s
After the event, you may feel scared, confused,
In PTSD, these symptoms don’t just simply
They may disrupt your life, making it hard
to continue with your daily activities.
Some cases may be delayed, with only subtle
symptoms showing up initially and more severe
symptoms emerging months after the traumatic
According to Canines for Hope, A Specially
Trained PTSD Dog can provide a sense of security,
calming effects, and physical exercise that
can make a positive difference in the lives
of those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress
Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service
dog is individually trained to do work or
perform tasks that mitigate his handler’s
“Kisses from Frankie bring Allen back to
“Good kisses, good kisses.”
A trained PTSD Service Dogs can help adjust
serotonin levels, help lower blood pressure,
help with episodes of depression, help with
feeling loved, provide companionship, calm
his handler, and prevent people from crowding
around or rushing up on his handler.
“A year ago, I couldn’t even walk to a
7-11 and get a pack of gum.”
Combine these with the other proven benefits
to mental health of owning a dog and you’ll
see why many are turning to our best friend
So what are we looking for in a PTSD service
According to thisableveteran.org, “Temperament
Our dogs must be steady in every situation,
must never display aggression, must have a
high level of self-control, and be physically
able to perform the duties we ask of them.
And, each PTSD service dogs must be seen as
approachable to the general public.”
In the psychiatric dog field, there are two
types of dog.
One is the service dog and the other is the
emotional support dog.
While emotional support dogs are pets who
do not need training other than perhaps basic
obedience, service dogs are professionally
trained to do specific tasks that help their
handlers cope with a disability.
So which breeds are we turning to?
Let’s find out.
If you’ve watched our other videos about
service dogs, you’ll see a few familiar
faces in this list, but you’ll find a few
new ones as well.
“He calls Axel a perscription on two legs.”
Once again, we’re starting off with the
The Lab is going to lead most lists of service
dogs, and for good reason.
“Joe is 5 years old.
He’s a black and tan lab.”
Due to his superior intelligence and gentle
disposition, this easy-to-train pooch is the
perfect candidate to be a service dog of any
type, especially Psychiatric Service Dog,
as a Lab is well-known known for his friendliness,
sociability, and loving nature.
“The amazing thing about training service
dogs for veternas is the ability to affect
the way that these people live on a day to
To be able to change the life of another human
Likewise, the Golden Retriever will also always
rise to the top of service dog candidates.
He has the superior intelligence of the Labrador,
as well as the disposition and trainability,
required for a service dog, as well as a docile,
safe and adaptable personality.
And, he possesses an innate intuition as to
the emotional state of his handler.
These two breeds are often mixed for service
dog work, combining the distinct qualities
that make the breeds superior service dogs.
This mix, called a Goldador in most circles,
is intelligent, highly trainable, and combines
the tolerance of the Lab with the intuition
of the Golden.
“No matter how you may feel about yourself,
your dog loves you anyway.”
The brightest of the bright, this showy dog
is easily trainable given his exceptional
level of intelligence and eager-to-please
Affectionate and good natured, he excels in
obedience training and makes for a wonderful,
loyal companion and psychiatric service dog.
He easily excels in the job of a service dog
and is widely noted for being low shedding
An added advantage is that his coat allows
for some really cool hairdos.
Known as an exceptional guardian, military
and service dog, the Dobie is also a trustworthy
and affectionate breed whose commanding presence
makes him a great fit for those suffering
from PTSD and related panic attacks.
When simple tasks such as a walk to the corner
store are too daunting, the presence of this
loyal friend can help deliver a sense of safety
“They want to go to grocery stores.
They wanna go to their daughter or son’s
school and watch ‘em in a play.”
Easily one of the most intelligent breeds
around, this working dog is devoted, friendly
and intelligent, and his sole focus in life
is to please his owner.
Because Psychiatric Service dogs are intended
to ground their owner during panic attacks
by providing physical comfort, this pooch’s
highly intuitive personality makes him a great
fit for those prone to panic attacks.
It might be noted that he is a high-energy
dog and should likely be paired with an active
Should you get a dog for your PTSD?
Well, that’s beyond the scope of this video
and should be discussed with both your doctor
But, I’ll provide a link to a good article
from the US Department of Veterans Affairs,
as well as any resources I find below.
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