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  1. Characterization of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s Interactions with a Service Dog During Their First Encounter

    Contributor(s):: Dollion, Nicolas, Herbin, Alexandre, Champagne, Noël, Plusquellec, Pierrich, Grandgeorge, Marine

  2. Hounds Helping Heroes Heal

    Any U.S. Military Veteran that has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is eligible and encouraged to apply for an ESA/Service Dog through H4 – Hounds Helping Heroes Heal. Once the application and screening process is completed, the appropriate dog will...

  3. Older Adults' Perspective: Exploring the Experience of Owning a Guide Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Jeffrey Kou, Yvonne Lam, Patricia Lyons, Susan Nguyen

    Guide dogs have been shown to be an effective assistive device that can help older adults with low vision navigate their community and improve overall well-being. Despite vast research conducted on pet therapy and dog companionship, limited research exists on the facilitators and barriers of...

  4. Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Erin Caspers

    This paper explored the therapeutic benefits of certified service canines for veterans with war-related trauma disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. A review of the literature was conducted, followed by a pilot study using interviews and thematic...

  5. Service Dogs Alabama

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    Service Dogs Alabama is dedicated to providing medical and psychiatric Service Dogs to children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities and Intervention Facility Dogs for schools, youth facilities, and courtrooms.

  6. Nursing Students with Disabilities: A Guide to Providing Accommodations

    | Contributor(s):: Lucas, L. S., Silbert-Flagg, J., D'Aoust, R. F.

  7. Outcomes of Participation in a Service Dog Training Program for Veterans with PTSD

    | Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane, Whitworth, James D., Wharton, Tracy

  8. Reading the mind in the eyes in PTSD: Limited Moderation by the presence of a service dog

    | Contributor(s):: Woodward, S. H., Jamison, A. L., Khan, C., Gala, S., Bhowmick, C., Villasenor, D., Tamayo, G., Puckett, M., Parker, K. J.

    Persons with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) frequently experience relationship failures in family and occupational domains resulting in loss of social supports. Prior research has implicated impairments in social cognition. The Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET) measures a key...

  9. The Loss of a Service Dog Through Death or Retirement: Experiences and Impact on Partners

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    | Contributor(s):: Lori R. Kogan, Wendy Packman, Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Cori Bussolari, Phyllis Erdman

    This study was designed to better understand how service dog partners experience the loss of their service dog. An anonymous survey was distributed to service dog partners who had lost a dog within the last five years. One-way ANOVAs were used to assess loss differences (retirement vs. death)...

  10. Presence of a dog reduces subjective but not physiological stress responses to an analog trauma

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    | Contributor(s):: Lass-Hennemann, J., Peyk, P., Streb, M., Holz, E., Michael, T.

    Dogs are known to have stress and anxiety reducing effects. Several studies have shown that dogs are able to calm people during cognitive and performance stressors. Recently, therapy dogs have been proposed as a treatment adjunct for post-traumatic stress disorder patients. In this study we...

  11. 4Gold Service and Rescue

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    4Gold Service and Rescue's mission is to enrich, and even save, the lives of community members with special medical or ability needs in which the assistance of a service animal can enable them to experience independence, peace of mind, and companionship, and to advocate on their behalf.

  12. Assistance dogs for military veterans with PTSD: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis

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    | Contributor(s):: Leighton, S. C., Nieforth, L. O., O'Haire, M. E.

    Psychiatric assistance dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) currently make up over 19% of assistance dog partnerships globally. We conducted a systematic review of the literature relating to these partnerships, with specific aims to (1) summarize their...

  13. [Patient with a long history of disease in whom service dog contributed to recovery]

    | Contributor(s):: Bak, M., Delespaul, P.

  14. Rising Star Riders

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    Rising Star Riders, RSR, provides therapeutic horseback riding, unmounted instruction and mental health services.  We offer services to children and adults with physical and/or emotional challenges. During mounted instruction the participant learns how to properly mount...

  15. ​Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc

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    Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center provides a tranquil, serene, safe, and therapeutic environment to address the needs of children and adults seeking physical therapy incorporating hippotherapy, adaptive riding, and/or emotional and behavioral health support through the interaction with our 11...

  16. First-Time Experience in Owning a Dog Guide by Older Adults with Vision Loss

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    | Contributor(s):: Kitsum Li, Jeffrey Kou, Yvonne Lam, Patricia Lyons, Susan Nguyen

    Introduction: Dog guides were found to be effective in helping adults with vision loss navigate in the community and improve overall well-being. In spite of the vast amount of literature on pet therapy and dog companionship, limited study exists on older adult with vision loss experience...

  17. Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Smith

    Veterans and their service dogs share a special relationship that is not only a friendship but a working relationship as well. They each give each other something that they cannot get on their own. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the relationship between veterans and their service...

  18. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

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    The Smoky Mountain Service Dogs mission is to enhance the physical and psychological quality of life for wounded Veterans by providing custom-trained mobility assistance service dogs.

  19. Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs (CIAD)

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    Welcome to CIAD—Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs.  We are an incorporated not-for-profit society that operates following the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. In Gaelic, CIAD means “primary” or “first”.  In 2016, we focused on the needs of first...

  20. Characterizing veteran and PTSD service dog teams: Exploring potential mechanisms of symptom change and canine predictors of efficacy

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    | Contributor(s):: Jensen, C. L., Rodriguez, K. E., MacLean, E. L., Abdul Wahab, A. H., Sabbaghi, A., O'Haire, M. E.

    Psychiatric service dogs are an emerging complementary intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Initial evidence suggests that partnership with a service dog may be related to less PTSD symptom severity. However, it remains unclear how or why this might occur. To address this gap,...