10 Service Dogs Helping Veterans [VIDEO]
November 11th is Veterans Day. Here are ten stories of how service dogs have helped changed the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD.
Working Dogs For Labor Day
On Labor Day humans celebrate workers; not to be forgotten are the contributions made by our four-legged friends, be it guidance, therapy, or other working dogs.
Fake Service Dogs: A Shame…And A Crime
Editorial: Falsely claiming your pet dog is a service dog is a crime; regardless of what one's motives are; plus, it hurts people who legitimately rely on such animals.
Dogs With Jobs: K9 Comfort Dogs
Two-legged therapists with years of training and experience don't underestimate the impact of comfort dogs on people who have been through intense trauma.
Therapy Pets And Humans With Mental Health Issues
Therapy dogs and cats assist humans in a variety of ways — read in detail how these animal help humans who suffer from three specific illnesses, including dementia.
Therapy dogs benefit patients undergoing chemo
Dogs can raise the spirits of depressed or ill humans, but a recent study found that canines elevate a person’s emotional well-being regardless of physical well-being.
Can dogs help survivors of sexual assault?
Post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t only impact soldiers returning from active duty — it also hits victims of sexual abuse; service dogs can help survivors cope.
Therapy dogs welcome weary travelers at LAX
Humans traveling through Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving weekend may encounter therapy dogs, who will be roaming the halls with their handlers.
Therapy dogs reduce anxiety and loneliness for college students
Everyone knows that service dogs help humans cope with stress and feelings of loneliness, but one study on college students by three universities proves it.
Dogs comfort Boston as Marathon kicks off Monday morning
From comfort to care, dogs are providing survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon Bombings with the love and support they need to heal as this year’s race begins.
Blind Pug Xander becomes therapy dog
Surrendered by his owners after an accident robbed him of his sight, Xander helps those who are hurting and has a special affinity with abused spouses and children.
First therapy dogs graduate from Maryland prison training program
Some prisoners at the Maryland Correctional Institution have been training Labrador Retrievers to be therapy dogs, and view the labor of love as a way to pay back to society.
Scammers use fake “service dog” IDs to play the system
People who use service and therapy dogs need assistance with day-to-day living; however, a disturbing trend is emerging of able-bodied humans selfishly abusing the system.
Therapy dog retires after 14 years
Almost 15-years-old now, fluffy white mixed-breed dog Teaka is now deaf and nearly blind. But every week, she slowly makes her way through the front doors of the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast, Maine, where she serves as a trained therapy dog. For the past 14 years, Teaka has been a friend to […]
“Puppy Rooms” to help stressed-out college students
Dogs are popular visitors in hospitals and senior centers, but now another group is reaping the benefits of some snuggle time with a furry friend — college students. Universities in the U.S. and Canada have started bringing in therapy dogs to help their students cope with the intense stresses of college life. Studies have shown […]
Stay Strong Nation trains therapy dogs for veterans
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Views Keith Crosby knows that a dog can take away loneliness and pain. Having dogs around helped him when he came back from Vietnam with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I had PTSD for years, and just didn’t know what it was,” he explains. With his close friend, […]
Former Vick dog Hector visits fellow abuse survivors
Note: Hector died on October 27, 2014. The original article follows: On Tuesday, a group of teens at the Kids in Transition residential facility in New Jersey received a special visit. The Lost Dogs author Jim Gorant, former Michael Vick dog Hector, and a rescued Pit Bull named Sarge stopped by. Like the dogs, the […]
How a Pit Bull healed an Air Force veteran — and the others like them
David Sharpe wanted a Pit Bull. He’d come back from the war angry, violent, and out of control so he decided to get himself a fighter. A dog he could relate to. Sure enough, he found a tough-looking bundle of muscle, with clipped ears and built like a tank, and he brought her home. […]
Michael Vick’s former dogs on CBS’s Early Show
In my ongoing effort to break down the grievous misperceptions around the American Pit Bull Terrier, I’m thrilled to post a link to today’s CBS Early Show. It’s a must-watch for anyone who still associates the breed with viciousness or ferocity. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6884146n In the Early Show segment, the correspondent brings viewers up-to-date with the dogs […]