just one of the many
and his Service Dog Rusty
Veterans suffering from
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Through the Healing Power of the Human-Canine Bond
New Life K9s primarily services people who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Service dogs have proven to reduce the need for medication for those suffering from PTSD, prevent homelessness, suicide, and incarceration as well as save community resources.
A veteran with PTSD needs a dog that has the proper training to go with him/her anywhere in public where dogs are not otherwise legally allowed. It is the public access skills that are the difficult part of the training, requiring a very special dog.
Training service dogs also improves the lives of those who train them. Dog training teaches leadership, patience, discipline, positive communication, confidence, and problem solving.
See the positive impact and the transformational results this program offers.Watch Mike’s inspiring video.Mike was an inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and he was one of the dog handlers that train the puppy's to become PTSD Service Dogs. Listen to Mike tell his story about Eddie, the puppy that changed his life.
The tasks that service dogs can perform to meet the needs of a veteran with PTSD can include waking him up from a nightmare and even turning on lights, reminding him to take medications on time (even bringing the medication to the person), bark on command to warn off a potentially threatening stranger, and helps to decrease levels of anxiety. Many veterans take medications that affect their balance. A service dog can assist with balance by performing a “brace” command in which the veteran can use the dog’s body to steady himself.
It takes about 1 year to train an adult dog for public access and to complete approximately 60 tasks on cue. Although training for tasks can start as early as 4 weeks of age, dogs do not develop the maturity for public access (being allowed in restaurants, grocery stores, etc.) until 2 years of age.