Israeli Service Dog Assists with Former IDF Soldiers' PTSD



TRENDING | One can always count on ‘man’s best friend’ to help through the toughest of moments, and these special canines at The Israeli Service Dog Training Center go above and beyond, giving strength to people who need it the most — including those with disabilities, victims of sexual violence and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Our Erica Jackson has the story.

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They are man’s best friend, known for providing comfort to their owners, but these special canines at The Israeli Service Dog Training Center go above and beyond, giving strength to people who need it the most — including those with disabilities, victims of sexual violence and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
‘The dog’s role is to help the patient stay calm. For example, he can snuggle up against him, look at him, lick him, as if to say: don’t worry, I’m here with you, everything’s fine,’ explains founder of the center, Ilan Frumkin.
 
Almost 20 percent of people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder struggle with suicidal thoughts triggered by terrors they face from perceived external dangers, or unexpected noises and actions.
 
While it’s an issue that can cause great distress, dogs at the center provide some extra support.
 
They learn valuable skills including waking up those suffering from nightmares. 
 
But learning those extra tricks can come at a hefty price of over 22,000 U.S. dollars.
 
The Israeli Service Dog Training Center, founded in 2015, relies mainly on private donations. 

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