Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event, it is disproportionally prevalent in Australian first-responders such as firefighters, police officers and the military personnel. PTSD is characterised by severe anxiety, leading to isolation, inability to work and interact with others and the community at large.
The social benefits of providing a path back into society for these incredible people are enormous — families are able to function again, individuals are able to work or stimulate the economy through economic and social interaction and, through the power of education and storytelling, they are helping inform the community at large of this very serious condition.
PTSD Service Dog
We only place PTSD Service Dogs with police and defence force personnel living with post-traumatic stress disorder. These dogs can be trained to provide a combination of physical task-oriented and emotional support to assist their owner and help them to overcome fears.
PTSD Service Dogs undergo a unique training placement, where they are trained to work with the very individual and specific needs of their owner, in particular detecting signals of anxiety, or their owner’s ‘trigger”. Upon sensing their owner’s trigger, the dog is trained to perform a specific cue to help alleviate the symptoms of this trigger, for example, engaging in eye contact and body contact to comfort their owner and divert their attention.
A PTSD Service Dog has full public access rights