Georgia's PTSD SERVICE DOG TRAINING
Organized by: Elaine Boess Modena
Training service dogs for individuals living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) requires very specialized knowledge and skills – in both the trainer and the dog. These service dogs must possess a perceptive nature, a courteous, compliant temperament and an intuitive spirit in order to perform their duties independently when the individual is facing a crisis. Georgia's training team will work to identify and evaluate these unique dogs, and then train them to recognize and interrupt the behaviors associated with anxiety, panic attacks and nightmares. Georgia’s trainers will evaluate both dogs and applicants in order to effectively pair a successful team. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), in conjunction with Trupanion, launched the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program Jan. 27, 2014. The program will allow U.S. veterans with certified service dogs unlimited access to veterinary care. The program enables Trupanion to pay 100 percent of veterans’ certified service dogs’ veterinary bills. For more information contact Trupanion at (855) 482-0163. To read the full article, click on this “US Veteran Service Dog Program”.