June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness Month.
PTSD is a mental health disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It is estimated that 9.2% of Canadians live with PTSD everyday.
The PADS PTSD program trains dogs to support First Responders and Veterans with PTSD or Complex PTSD (C-PTSD). These dogs are trained to facilitate wellness and social re-integration in a variety of ways. They provide important physical, calming and grounding skills. Selected for their awareness and positive response to human emotions such as stress, anxiety and fear.
PTSD Service Dogs can be of any size or breed, however PADS breeds, raises and trains Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers for the role.
To learn more about our PTSD Program click the video below to see our conversation with Advanced Training Program Manager Margaret Hicks, PADS Trainer Miranda Turenne and PTSD Ambassador Dog handler Val Bouey.