27 Feb '18, 12am

Pilot Program Pairs Pups with Veterans Suffering with PTSD

Pilot Program Pairs Pups with Veterans Suffering with PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs is studying how service dogs might be able to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the results are years away, a group helping with that research isn't waiting to pair its pups with servicemembers. Canine Companions for Independence Inc. -- a nonprofit in Santa Rosa, Calif., that's been providing service dogs for people with physical disabilities since 1975 -- is preparing to launch a pilot program that will train and pair dogs with veterans with PTSD based on a curriculum developed for the VA study. PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by the psychological wounds of war and traumatic experiences. Symptoms include anger, paranoia, anxiety and withdrawal from society. CCI aims to begin pairing dogs with veterans by the middle of this year, with up to 20 placements by mid-2019, said instructor Sarah Birman. "This is the f...

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