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its body close by. The Greyhound helps
by or positioning
diffuse the situation and keeps the emotional
itself in in front
outburst from escalating.
of the person.
One woman, whose husband suffered from
night terrors after three tours in Afghanistan,
in effect, is a
said prior to getting their dog, it was not
reminder that the
uncommon to awaken to her husband
here and now is
screaming and punching. The presence of the
not dangerous, and
dog dialed the intensity of these outbursts
provides a calming
Another way in which a PTSD service dog
provides support is when the person goes
out into a normal environment but continues
distracts the owner
from those worries.
Prison programs present special opportunities for bonding as they are designed to give second
changes - to both the inmates and Greyhounds. Photo courtesy of Prison Greyhounds.
to be "on guard" and expecting something
dogs also can be
terrible to happen. If, for example, someone
trained to perform a
revs up a weed whacker or sets off fireworks,
house check before
a veteran may react to that noise as if still
the person goes inside. Three programs that
in a war zone. Hypervigilance is commonly
train Greyhounds to become PTSD service
at Life offers a book to guide interested
associated with PTSD.
dogs are, Hounds for Heroes based in Tampa
individuals through the process of using
Bay, Florida; Greyt Hearts Service Dogs in
a prison to foster and train Greyhounds.
role is to notice the person's tension and
Woodford, Virginia, and Purple Heart Service
The first step is to determine whether any
respond - for instance, by standing close
Dogs, in Rohnert Park, California.
local correctional facilities already offer dog
Under these circumstances, the dog's
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The national program Second Chance