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  1. Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Current State, Challenges and Future Directions

    Contributor(s):: Marchand, W. R., Andersen, S. J., Smith, J. E., Hoopes, K. H., Carlson, J. K.

  2. U.S. Kennels Incorporated​

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    U.S. Kennels Incorporated is a 501(c3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide service dogs for disabled Veterans at no cost. All of the veterans we help suffer from a variety of service-related disabilities. Our program delivers support to our veterans while saving the lives of...

  3. Guiding Reins

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    Our goal is two-fold; we are rescuing horses and giving them a high noble purpose - rescuing loved ones and restoring meaning to their lives. Guiding Reins offers an alternative to improve mental/physical health for all ages. Horses once destined for disposal create a unique and powerful...

  4. How Service Dogs Enhance Veterans' Occupational Performance in the Home: A Qualitative Perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Terry K. Crowe, Mylinh T. Nguyen, Brenda G. Tryon, Stephanie Barger, Victoria Sanchez

    Background: This qualitative study explored the lives of veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how the partnerships with their service dogs supported improved occupational performance in their...

  5. Partners for Patriots

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    Partners For Patriots was formed in 2009 in Tennessee and relocated to Iowa in 2013. Funding is always on the front burner as we obtain, train and provide service dogs to disabled Veterans free of charge. The dogs are delivered and the Veteran is provided with up to 15 days of...

  6. K9s for Camo

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    Service dogs at no cost. Rescued shelter dogs. Trained by prisoners.

  7. K9 Partners for Patriots

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    With the assistance of service dogs, we’re bringing a measure of peace and functionality to veterans who are facing a war all over again as they cope with anxieties born of service-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma...

  8. Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living in a long term care residence

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    | Contributor(s):: Colleen Anne Dell, Darlene Chalmers, James Gillett, Megan Steeves, Betty Rohr, Barbara Fornssler, Alicia Husband, Oluwatomisin Iwajomo, Chelsea Nickel

    Current health care practices do not adequately meet the health needs of older adult war veterans. Increasingly, animal assisted interventions (AAIs) are being identified as potentially beneficial for this population. To explore this, this study, informed by a One Health framework, measured the...

  9. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Investigation on the Positive Effects of Attachment and Affiliation Behaviors

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Miele

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in people who have experienced a traumatic event (nimh.nih.gov, 2016). Because PTSD is a chronic disorder, it is associated with impaired quality of life (Stern et al., 2013). A specific population at high risk for developing PTSD is military...

  10. An adjunctive human-animal interaction intervention for veterans with PTSD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Grubaugh, A. L., Myers, U. S., Keller, S. M., Wangelin, B. C., Lozano, B. E., Tuerk, P. W.

  11. An explorative clinical pilot study into the effect of service dogs on chronic posttraumatic stress disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Galsgaard, Astrid, Eskelund, Kasper

  12. Understanding partner perceptions of a service dog training program for veterans with ptsd: Building a bridge to trauma resiliency

    | Contributor(s):: Whitworth, James, O'Brien, Casey, Wharton, Tracy, Scotland-Coogan, Diane

  13. Exploring the influence of service dogs on participation in daily occupations by veterans with PTSD: A pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: McLaughlin, K., Hamilton, A. L.

  14. Defining the PTSD Service Dog Intervention: Perceived Importance, Usage, and Symptom Specificity of Psychiatric Service Dogs for Military Veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., LaFollette, M. R., Hediger, K., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.

  15. Colorado Therapy Horses

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    Colorado Therapy Horses is a 501(c)(3) non-riding equine assisted therapy program, located in Greeley, Colorado. Started in 2003, CTH utilizes 17 4-legged therapists focused on human clients. Working with the horse on the ground focuses on clients obtaining personal power while working with the...

  16. Circle of Change

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    Under the supervision of professional dog trainers, veterans from all wars suffering the effects of PTSD & traumatic brain injuries learn dog handling skills.  Participants meet once a week to interact with each other and train dogs.  

  17. How veterans and dogs can save each other | David Shade | TEDxRoseTree

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    | Contributor(s):: David Shade

    David Shade discovered how powerful the relationship between humans and dogs can be and asks a very simple question that may help veterans returning to civilan life. He came back from Afghanistan in 2007, having served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, earning a Purple Heart for...

  18. Hounds and Heroes

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    Hounds and Heroes is a national nonprofit dedicated to lifting the spirit and morale of active, wounded, and veteran military troops; and to increase community awareness, education, and involvement about cruelty to animals and care for animals through rescue, foster, and adoption.

  19. Equine-assisted interventions for veterans with service-related health conditions: a systematic mapping review

    | Contributor(s):: Kinney, A. R., Eakman, A. M., Lassell, R., Wood, W.

    BACKGROUND: Evidence-based treatments for service-related health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not effective for all veterans. Equine-assisted interventions are emerging as an additional treatment modality, but little is...

  20. Dog Ownership and Training Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Increases Self-Compassion Among Veterans: Results of a Longitudinal Control Study

    | Contributor(s):: Bergen-Cico, D., Smith, Y., Wolford, K., Gooley, C., Hannon, K., Woodruff, R., Spicer, M., Gump, B.

    Objectives: The aims of this study were to measure the potential impact of a therapeutic dog ownership and training program for Veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Design: The study used a quasi-experimental design with two cohorts of Veterans-a dog owner-trainer intervention and a...