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  1. HOPE is a 4-Legged Word: How Service Dogs Can Help Veterans Suffering from Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Holly Katherine Robinson

    As the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to increase among our veterans returning from the War on Terror, the need for alternative treatment options is becoming more critical. One such alternative is the use of psychiatric service dogs specially trained to assist those...

  2. The role of canines in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Vitte, Pauline, Bragg, Kevin, Graham, David, Davidson, John, Bratten, Truls, Angus-Leppan, Gavin

  3. Considerations for Recommending Service Dogs versus Emotional Support Animals for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Macy Porter, Melissa Y. Winkle, Ellen Herlache-Pretzer

    Background: Health care providers must understand factors that may guide the decision-making process for determining whether a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is appropriate for a service dog (SD) versus an emotional support animal (ESA), and assist SD training organizations...

  4. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on mental health of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Alison Thies

    This project explores the potential of using animals (particularly dogs) in animal-assisted therapy( AAT) with veterans who suffer from PTSD and reports on research that shows improvement in symptoms such as regulation of emotions, perceived quality of life, social functioning, sleep patterns,...

  5. Transforming Trauma: Resilience and Healing Through Our Connections With Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Philip Tedeschi, Molly Anne Jenkins

    Have you ever looked deep into the eyes of an animal and felt entirely known? Often, the connections we share with non-human animals represent our safest and most reliable relationships, offering unique and profound opportunities for healing in periods of hardship. This book focuses on research...

  6. Dogs for GRETA

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    Dogs for GRETA trains psychiatric service dogs for survivors of sexual assault diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our mission is to provide support and advocacy for these survivors. ​ Psychiatric service dogs are trained to support their handler by performing tasks directly...

  7. Northern Indiana Service Dogs

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    Northern Indiana Service Dogs provides mobility assistance service dogs, autism service dogs, seizure service dogs, and PTSD service dogs.

  8. Hootie's Horse Haven

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    Hooties Horse Haven is a ranch dedicated to helping people fulfill their dreams and reach their goals.

  9. Neural changes following equine‐assisted therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: A longitudinal multimodal imaging study

    | Contributor(s):: Zhu, Xi, Suarez‐Jimenez, Benjamin, Zilcha‐Mano, Sigal, Lazarov, Amit, Arnon, Shay, Lowell, Ari L., Bergman, Maja, Ryba, Matthew, Hamilton, Allan J., Hamilton, Jane F., Turner, J. Blake, Markowitz, John C., Fisher, Prudence W., Neria, Yuval

  10. The Effect of a PTSD Service Dog on Military Veterans’ Medication Regimens: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, Kerri E., Anderson, Lindsey M., Ott, Carol A., O'Haire, Marguerite E.

  11. Acceptability of an adjunct equine-assisted activities and therapies program for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury

    | Contributor(s):: Sylvia, L., West, E., Blackburn, A. M., Gupta, C., Bui, E., Mahoney, T., Duncan, G., Wright, E. C., Lejeune, S., Spencer, T. J.

  12. Federal, state, and institutional regulations regarding a nursing student with a service animal

    | Contributor(s):: Shilling, S. D., Lucas, L., Silbert-Flagg, J., Nolan, M. T.

  13. Hoofbeats to Healing

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    Hoofbeats to Healing is dedicated to providing therapeutic horse back riding in Saratoga Springs, Utah.  We use an effective natural approach to therapeutic horse back riding via Missouri Fox Trotter and Andalusian horses. Based on the theory of Cross hemispheric integration, which is if a...

  14. Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE)

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    Paws Assisting Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities through trained service dogs, empowering them and their families to achieve lifelong successes and to pave their way home....

  15. Shelter Dogs for Veterans

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    A 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Shelter Dogs for Veterans provides trained service dogs to combat injured veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The dogs are rescued from kill shelters.

  16. Takoda Service Dogs

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    The Takoda Service Dogs mission is to breed, raise and professionally train service dogs to be provided at no cost to disabled military veterans and first responders with PTSD and other disabilities; to educate the public on the need for professionally trained service dogs, the laws that apply...

  17. Attachment Theory and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for Vietnam Veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Laura Meyer, Ann Sartori

  18. The Effects of Equine Assisted Therapy on Plasma Cortisol and Oxytocin Concentrations and Heart Rate Variability in Horses and Measures of Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Karyn Malinowski, Chi Yee, Jenni M. Tevlin, Eric K. Birks, Mary M. Durando, Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo, Alan A. Cavaiola, Kenneth H. McKeever

  19. Blue Star Ranch

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    Blue Star Ranch is an equine-assisted safety-net provider for mental health services with internationally recognized certification. The horses help veterans overcome known barriers to engaging and staying in treatment. They can help families in post deployment transition build resilience. The...

  20. Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans with PTSD: Manual Development and Preliminary Findings

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    | Contributor(s):: Arnon, S., Fisher, P. W., Pickover, A., Lowell, A., Turner, J. B., Hilburn, A., Jacob-McVey, J., Malajian, B. E., Farber, D. G., Hamilton, J. F., Hamilton, A., Markowitz, J. C., Neria, Y.

    INTRODUCTION: Equine-assisted therapy (EAT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has attracted great interest despite lacking empirical support, a manual, and a standardized protocol. Our team of experts in EAT and PTSD developed an eight-session group EAT treatment protocol for PTSD...