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There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

I just burst into tears watching that gif, because I have PTSD and having a dog like this would literally change my life, and I have absolutely no idea how to go about getting paired with one, and I really doubt I could afford it.

I have PTSD and even though my dog wasn’t originally a therapy dog, I had him trained and certified and got a letter from my Doctor, so now he’s an official service animal. And let me tell you; they don’t judge. They’re always there for you. Mine sees me cry and comes and puts his head between my legs and tries to put his paw on my hand like ‘it’s all ok don’t be sad’-I don’t know where I’d be without him, he’s like my fuzzy gaurdian angel. 

I need to get my dog certified. I have anxiety issues and having him around just… kinda lifts something off me.

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