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Dogs Helping Veterans With PTSD (Videos)
According to a report from Smithsonian,
Researchers are accumulating evidence that bonding with dogs has biological effects, such as elevated levels of the hormone oxytocin. “Oxytocin improves trust, the ability to interpret facial expressions, the overcoming of paranoia and other pro-social effects—the opposite of PTSD symptoms,” says Meg Daley Olmert of Baltimore, who works for a program called Warrior Canine Connection. About 300 vets have participated in these programs, and some graduates who were worried “wouldn’t make it” report impressive strides. Congress has commissioned a study, underway in Florida, to assess the effectiveness of canine-caretaking on PTSD.
Here are a few videos that show just how dogs can help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Service Dog Helps Veteran with PTSD
The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF) commercial for veteran dogs
** Winner of the Gouden Loeki 2014 (Dutch commercial award) **
“We not only help people who cannot see, but also those who have seen too much”
This Guide Dogs TV commercial from Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF Geleidehonden) shows the assistance a veteran dog can offer in helping a military veteran who is coping with severe war related trauma.
Watch service dog calm war vet’s PTSD reaction
Amazing dogs help veterans with PTSD – Next Step Service Dogs
PTSD anger intervention by a Service Dog
PTSD Service Dogs – A Movie about Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors of All Kinds
Matching Homeless Dogs to Veterans with PTSD
Is there a video that should have been included on this list? Link us to it in the comments below!