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Psychiatric service dog

A mental health service dog for people suffering from mental disorders such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders etc. 

A service dog for a mentally challenged person can contribute in several aspects: First, the dog forces the person to get out of bed, walk with him, treat him, and to a large extent live the "here and now". Beyond that, a service dog trained for this purpose learns to identify his owner's moments of anxiety and fear, to offer comforting behavior in that situation and lead him to a safe place.

Beyond the functional aspect, the service dog's owner enjoys additional benefits.

The service dog gives a sense of security, reduces the level of anxiety from emergencies and improves the owner's sense of control and sense of self-ability.

The service dog meets every person's basic need to love and be loved, which is a significant need especially for a person with disabilities who often suffers from deterrence or social isolation.

Moreover, in the social context, the service dog functions as a natural "ice breaker", contributing to social connections and as for children, the dog can even improve their social status.

Like any dog, the service dog is also seen as a life companion, who gives the owner joy in difficult times and a reason to get up in the morning. The sense of responsibility for the dog's well-being has a positive effect on the daily routine and the level of daily activity.

Tasks may include:

Light pressure therapy
Alert to cortisol rise
Deep pressure therapy
Alert to panic attack
Crowd control
Alert to episodes of rage
Interrupt flashback
Alert to strong emotion  
Waking up from nightmares
Remind a person to take medication
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