How service dogs help can with PTSD

I know what you are thinking. Sure, a friendly pet helps alleviate stress for those suffering from PTSD or depression. That’s true, but it’s not the only way a dog can help. I was surprised when I saw this story, about an Army Ranger in South Carolina who’s PTSD is triggered when he is unsure of what is happening behind him. His dog “RC” has been trained to signal to him through body language when someone is behind him. That way, when Sgt. Roberts is with his dog, he can relax, knowing that RC will let him know what is going on, literally, behind his back.

Sgt. Roberts freely admits that RC has saved his life, and he wants people to know about how much a service dog can help. RC was trained by Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) in Columbia, South Carolina. Thanks to PAALS for helping veterans, as well as others who can use the help of a gentle and well trained dog. To find a similar organization in your area, check out Assistance Dogs International.

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