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The canine is our best friend and companion. Although we don't exactly know how canine minds work, science is making progress on this topic. Keep reading to learn about the similarities between the canine brain and the human brain.
As the use of service dogs in today’s communities grows, there is also an imminent need for healthcare provider education on the value and uses of service dogs. Learn about how service dogs can help their handlers during medical appointments.
Since the service dog is a right-hand companion to their handler in all public spaces, they will need to be presentable and well-groomed. Read tips on how to keep a service dog looking and feeling great!
There are still significant populations of people struggling with PTSD whose needs are not yet sufficiently being met by the conventional resources available. One important way that communities across the country are currently responding to this clear need and gap of support is through the development and implementation of service dog training programs.
Having a dog has an array of emotional and health benefits for humans. The human-canine bond is so powerful. It's no surprise that dog programs inside prisons have similar benefits when helping incarcerated people. Read to find out the top four benefits of prison dog programs!
One of the lesser-known skills of service dogs is their ability to be trained to recognize when an individual is experiencing sleep disturbances. Service dogs can be trained to recognize cues and disrupt active behavioral patterns stemming from sleep disorders, scenarios of emotional distress, or physical health challenges. Read to learn how service dogs help with insomnia, PTSD, and other sleep disorders.
Dogs communicate through their body language: stance, ear positioning, eye and facial movement, vocalizations, scent cues, and of course, tail wagging. But a pup wagging their tail does not always mean they are happy. In fact, a wagging tail may indicate anxiety, fear, or insecurity. Read to learn how to distinguish a happy tail wag vs an anxious one!
Oxytocin can have a balancing impact on the brain and it can help modulate the psychological symptoms of PTSD. Increased oxytocin levels are directly associated with increased social behavior, decreased anxiety or fear responses, and a heightened sense of personal safety and well-being. Read to see how having a service dog contributes to this!
In the 1970s a woman named Bonnie Bergin breathed life into the concept of a service dog, giving us the service dogs we know today. Learn about the origins of the service dog and how service animals got a start!
You're ready to get a service dog. So how would a service dog function in your place of work? This is a serious question that employers are also asking themselves. You are not alone in wondering what arrangements would provide the most benefit in these workplace contexts. Learn how to ensure the success of service dog partnerships in the workplace.
There are a lot of different methods for training dogs. Usually, training methods use discipline or positive reinforcement. But there is a revolutionary type of training method, called Bond Based Choice Teaching, that focuses on the bond between humans and canines, not just on blind obedience, cues, and commands.
The companionship of a service dog can increase an individual’s participation in leisure activities and social interactions. The lifestyle that comes with caring for a dog can be a positive incentive to participate in activities one might not regularly do without a canine companion. Read more to see the benefits of this!
It's important that our dogs feel comfortable and secure while walking on their leash. Dogs should feel confident while exploring new surroundings and using a We Leash can provide that for them. Read to learn about the benefits of the We Leash!
Leashes help keep every dog and every owner safe. Find out 5 reasons why using a leash is important! Whether it's obeying leash laws in your area or just being courteous, using leashes with dogs is a smart idea.
A post-mortem analysis of brain tissue from people who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may help explain enduring mysteries about the disorder.
Service animals may require more attention to their health and to their physical appearance than regular pets. We will look at five important factors to consider when caring for a service dog companion.
A PTSD service dog is a type of psychiatric service dog trained to do work and complete tasks to help mitigate the symptoms of PTSD. Read to find out six ways that a service animal can help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the tasks they perform to do so.
Service dogs and their handlers are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which states that “a public entity shall change its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.” It is crucial for both service dog handlers and public establishments to understand these laws.
Poodles are an elegant and highly intelligent dog breed ranking number seven in popularity according to the American Kennel Club. They are also amongst the top breeds to be service dogs! Read about Poodle origins, look at the three Poodle size varieties, physical and personality traits, and why these breeds are a wonderful choice as a service animal.
Known as a crossbreed or designer breed, these cute fuzzy pups are a mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Because they are mixed dogs, they possess the traits of both their parent breeds. Read to see why Labradoodles make great service dogs!
Golden Retrievers & Labrador Retrievers are two peas in a pod. They are both among the top favorite breeds in America. These two breeds are similar in both build and temperament. They are highly trainable, outgoing, friendly, and lovable. Both have a calm and friendly temperament, are intelligent, outgoing, eager to please, and non-aggressive. Read more about how they are different as well!
There may be some debate whether to use a purebred dog or a rescue dog as a service animal, but one thing remains conclusive, all service dogs must have certain key traits to become a good service animal. This includes being intelligent and obedient, having overall good health, and possessing a calm and friendly temperament. Read more to see the pros & cons of each!
If you ever wondered what a psychiatric service dog is trained to do, then read on! Psychiatric Service Dogs work and complete tasks. These behaviors ultimately help mitigate psychiatric symptoms. A task is an on-demand trained behavior requested by a handler.
There are many symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, insomnia, and anxiety among many others, so it looks different for just about everyone who has it. Among veterans, it has been shown to lead to other psychological conditions along with physical health problems. Here are four things to know about veterans and PTSD.
If you are looking for a service animal, knowing the differences between the different types of service animals can help you decide which would be best suited for your needs. Read to find out more!