Poodles are known for their intelligence and are often the chosen breed to mix with other dog breeds for hypoallergenic reasons. They often make great service dogs for those people with special needs, such as those who are visually handicapped.
Poodles and other service dogs are a great help to the vets
But dogs are great for those coming back from Afghanistan and for PTSD veterans. They are a great boon to those with psychological problems, sleep disorders and trauma associated with their experiences fighting abroad.
This, from rnw.nl is an excerpt from an article about the use of service dogs with veterans who suffer from PTSD and other difficulties.
Guide dogs are well-established as invaluable assistants for those who are blind, and increasingly service dogs are being used by people with other sorts of physical disability. But they can also be a boon for people suffering from psychological difficulties. The Dutch Service Dog Foundation (Hulphond Nederland) has, for the first time, placed a dog with a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Soldiers often see and experience terrible things when deployed in conflict zones. But the nature of their work means they tend not to complain or talk about these experiences when they get back home. And that can lead to serious problems as service men and women struggle to re-adjust to ‘normal’ life with memories of death and violence still haunting them.
American organisations are experienced in placing dogs with traumatised veterans according to Eric Bouwer, director of Hulphond Nederland. “A Dutch veteran told us about the use of service dogs for soldiers, and that got us interested. We looked very carefully at the Americans to see what dogs needed to learn to be helpful to people with PTSD and then got started. It’s a logical extension of the work we already do with service dogs”.
In a recent article in CNN.com, a woman who was caring for her husband who has a serious medical disorder was stressed to the limits of her emotional well being. She said the following:
“Her standard poodle “provided the emotional support when she was out of the house without her husband, that her husband used to provide,” Lieberman said.”
Above quote taken from the article here
Besides the fact that Poodles and other service dogs are a great help to the vets, they can offer the average person a way to cope with the day to day stress naturally and are so therapeutic as loving companions. I know that a simple few moments spent petting my poodle, Lucy can make me feel better and it doesn’t cost a penny!
How does your pet help you in your day to feel less stressed or more loved?