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Post Traumitic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

People with post traumatic stress disorder and/or dissociative disorder find it easier to move around freely with an assistance dog. The dogs lead their partners from panic attacks to a calm place, give them space, and bring the disorientated person back into reality again. They learn to bark on command, search through rooms for intruders, check that no-one is closely approaching from behind, go into dark rooms, and are a calming influence in many ways. The dog wakes up the person affected from nightmares, turns the light on, interrupts traumatic memories, and helps the person to find his inner balance again.

The US department for Veteran’s Affairs (VA) pays for an assistance dog for veterans with PTSD because it is an effective form of therapy. Also, their positive influence on victims of abuse is becoming more and more acknowledged.

Here an ex-soldier reports, in German, what his assistance dog means to him.

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How can assistance dogs help trauma when people can’t? Martin Rütter discusses a few of the factors that answer this.

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Important!

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Our first teams will be introduced in 2018. Our aim: to have one hundred assistance dog teams by 2025.
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English- This documentary helps to understand how traumatic memories can distort reality for those affected, and one of the methods with which an assistance dog brings their partner back to reality.

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English- Here a continuing story of a US veteran, who now enjoys life again and gains mobility with the help of his golden retriever.

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English- dogs are extremely susceptible to feelings and the spiritual state of their partner. So they calm and help them to deal with their own emotions.

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English- When trauma victims are  emotionally damaged to the point that they are losing their psychological balance, the family also suffers. Assistance dogs help not only the person affected by PTSD, but also the people who surround them.

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English- a longer more detailed report of soldiers who were traumatised in the field, and about what their assistance dog means for them in their daily life.

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There are cases in which self-training is the appropriate decision. But no-one should be forced to train their own assistance dog just because the health insurance will not cover this cost. Here is an impressive story which helps understand the life of a patient with PTSD and the support an assistance dog can provide.

“…when I was often a shadow of my own self, Valentino was simply just there for me. The loneliness was broken.”

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Important!

The videos on this page show assistance dog teams from all around the world. They are limited to just the scenes that best demonstrate the dog and owner work together as a team. The banner ads displayed are not from us, but from the author of the videos.

There are no Pfotenpiloten teams yet.
Our first teams will be introduced in 2018. Our aim: to have one hundred assistance dog teams by 2025.
Please help us to support more people with a trained assistance dog!