PTSD service dogs are able to assist individuals in numerous capacities.
Trauma-specific triggers are not under their control, however. For example, in the event a traumatic event occurred on a cloudless, sunny day, this may serve as a potential trigger. Certain sounds, feelings, smells, people, anniversaries or locations may also trigger uncomfortable feelings and the onset of PTSD symptoms like anxiety, fear or anger.
While PTSD service dogs cannot prevent trauma-specific triggers, they are trained to assist in mediating the effects they may have on an individual.