The Benefits of A PTSD Service Dog
For thousands of years humans and dogs have developed a unique and mutually beneficial relationship. With time the role of the dog has expanded from herding and hunting, to increasingly complex and specialized tasks. Today, PTSD Service Dogs play an important role in assisting individuals who suffer from this serious mental health condition.
Research indicates that the use of a Service Dog has many beneficial neurological, physiological and psychosocial effects. Studies show that friendly, controlled social interactions with dogs increase the level of oxytocin in human blood and urine. Such peripheral hormonal increases correspond to activation of oxytocin neurons in the brain. Originating in the hypothalamus, these neurons connect to brain centers that control behavior and emotion. Oxytocin modulates serotonin and cortisol - a stress hormone. By reducing stress, a PTSD Service Dog mitigates psychosocial and executive deficits, as well as modify behavior. As a calming influence, a dog helps individuals cope with transitions between places, activities and other changes in daily routines.
A PTSD Service Dog acts as a social ice breaker bridging the gap between PTSD survivors and members of their communities. Also, a PTSD Service Dog affords an individual personal safety, independence, and freedom. And, most importantly, unconditional love and acceptance - a best friend that is always there for you.
Read more about how a PTSD Service Dog completely transformed the life of a highly decorated military veteran in our Super Hero section.
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