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Donating to a nonprofit can be a rewarding experience. Whether you are donating time or money, donating will make you feel good. Learn about the benefits of donating and how it can help your community!
An increasing number of fire departments across the United States have begun to recognize the many benefits of therapy and service dogs both as support providers at the scene of a fire as well as when serving as permanent companions to their fire stations. Read about the benefits of canine partnerships with fire stations!
Psychiatric service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to mitigate PTSD symptoms. Read to learn how a dog’s innate nature and unconditional love are important factors in helping people suffering from PTSD.
A lesser-known role service dogs can be trained to occupy is that of a facility dog. A service dog can receive customized training for work in organizations such as the judicial system. Learn how they help in courtrooms!
With the rising temperatures and long sunny days, there are some precautions you can take to keep your service dog safe and cool. Read our 6 tips to keep your service dog companion cool and comfortable during the summer!
First responders rarely seek mental health help for fear of being judged by their peers. Could this lead first responders to a higher potential risk of developing chronic post-traumatic stress or PTSD?
Maybe you've heard that service dogs are too busy working to have fun or that service dogs bond quickly with their recipients. We're here to tell you that these are just myths. We debunk these myths and more in this blog article!
Repetitive exposure to crisis situations takes its toll on first responders. We must take into account first responder’s humanity and extend services and support to help them with their mental health. See what kinds of programs there are for first responders.
It's clear that there’s some confusion about the role service dogs play and what is assumed rather than what is a fact. Read to see what common misconceptions we debunk surrounding service dogs.
Research studies continue to evaluate the benefits of service dog relationships with veterans and numerous other populations. For this reason, they are a key component in creating more successful PTSD treatment outcomes and evolving how medical communities approach trauma rehabilitation.
With the growing concern of fraudulent service dogs, you may find yourself asking how you can spot a fake service dog. Keep reading to see potential behaviors that fraudulent service dogs may exhibit.
Service dogs go through rigorous education to qualify as a service dog. Service dogs can be the determining factor between a life or death situation for their handlers. Read to see what traits qualify or disqualify a dog from becoming a service dog!
The trend of fraudulently passing a conventional dog, ESA, or therapy animal as a trained service dog is on the rise. Passing a pet off as a service animal is harmful to the people that need service dogs. So what can be done? Read more to find out!
Service dogs are required to be acknowledged for transport in the cabin with their handlers thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act. Keep reading to see what the process is to fly with your service dog.
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.