When people first see a service dog, they often assume that the animal is there to help an individual who has a physical disability. However, service dogs can be trained to serve a multitude of purposes, and often assist individuals who have:
- Physical disabilities including blindness, deafness, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
- Psychological issues including anxiety, hypersomnia and memory loss
- Mental disabilities including bipolarism, depression and panic disorder
Many people aren’t aware that service dogs can be trained specifically to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD as well. Recent statistics have shown that there are over 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans alone currently struggling with symptoms of PTSD – and these numbers are conservative.
Here at Koda’s Choice, we understand that the battle doesn’t always end when you leave the field. We’re dedicated to making a true difference in the lives of veteran’s by matching them with loving and affectionate life companions. We appreciate our veterans and their dedication to duty, and we understand that service companions can help provide innumerable benefits while enriching the lives of brave soldiers nationwide.
PTSD Service Dogs:
- Provide a distraction if/when an emotional or trauma-specific trigger occurs, so that the situation is more easily diffused and you return to a calmer state of mind more quickly
- Perform best in a structured and disciplined environment, which is similar to what life is like in the military and can help ease some of the stress that often arises during the transition into civilian life
- Take orders well when trained, which can be comforting if you were used to giving orders while enlisted
- Ensure you’re taking all of your medication(s), so that both your body – and mind – stay healthy
- Are able to lead in social situations in order to help offset the various symptoms and stressors brought on by social anxiety.
- Boost self-esteem and make it easier for you to meet people, which helps to minimize social isolation
- Help significantly alleviate and/or eliminate symptoms of depression such as loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
- Provide companionship in public and at home, so that you never feel like you’re truly “alone”
- Help build up your confidence and boost your morale so that you no longer have to live your life filled with anxiety and fear
Research has shown that being matched with an emotional support dog for assistance in assuaging the symptoms of PTSD offers numerous advantages. Service companions provide a wide array of psychological and emotional benefits and help to foster feelings of peace, security and contentment in both themselves and their families.
Here at Koda’s Choice, we care about the well-being of our veterans. We hope to serve them as they have so bravely served us by providing them with the joy and fulfillment of lifelong companionship.
We are here to help – in any way we can.
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about our program and being matched with a wonderful and loving service dog of your own, please feel free to contact us at any time at