The Service Dog Institute
The Service Dog Institute (TSDI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those with special needs by providing trained service dogs to boost confidence, provide comfort and perform skilled tasks that enable partners to lead more independent lives. Based in Greenville,...
Considerations for the Writing of Certification Letters Endorsing Use of Emotional Support Animals
| Contributor(s):: Binder, R. L., Gandhi, T., Menon, M., Audu, A., Nesbit, A., Ridout, K. K., Campbell, J., Garayalde, S., Dike, C. C.
Unbridled is the freedom from constraints that inhibit quality of life. Whether those constraints are anxiety, depression, or simply a build-up of life stressors, it is my goal to promote well being through a flexible and collaborative approach to growth. We offer therapy in a traditional...
Effectiveness of Operation K9 Assistance Dogs on Suicidality in Australian Veterans with PTSD: A 12-Month Mixed-Methods Follow-Up Study
| Contributor(s):: Sherman, M., Hutchinson, A. D., Bowen, H., Iannos, M., Van Hooff, M.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a pervasive disorder among both current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. Studies have shown current psychological and pharmacological treatments for PTSD are suboptimal in veterans, with high dropout rates and poor adherence to...
Paws to Care: Implementation of a Novel Medical Dog Office Hours Program to Foster Pediatric Health Care Staff Resilience and Joy
| Contributor(s):: Gerson, J. S., Marco, K. C., Staab, J. H., Dixon, C. A.
Benefits and Challenges of Having a Service Dog Among Veterans in Recovery from Substance Use Harms
| Contributor(s):: Dell, Colleen Anne, Kosteniuk, Brynn, Bentley, Erin
D2DT creates an opportunity to save at risk, rescued, or donated dogs, train them, and place them with deserving service members who have been diagnosed with post combat stress and anxiety. The purpose is to provide the veteran, at no cost, a trained dog that they can gain a constant companion...
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
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...
Older Adults' Perspective: Exploring the Experience of Owning a Guide Dog
| 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...
Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders
| 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...
Service Dogs Alabama
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.
Nursing Students with Disabilities: A Guide to Providing Accommodations
| Contributor(s):: Lucas, L. S., Silbert-Flagg, J., D'Aoust, R. F.
Outcomes of Participation in a Service Dog Training Program for Veterans with PTSD
| Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane, Whitworth, James D., Wharton, Tracy
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...
The Loss of a Service Dog Through Death or Retirement: Experiences and Impact on Partners
| 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)...
Presence of a dog reduces subjective but not physiological stress responses to an analog trauma
| 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...
4Gold Service and Rescue
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.
Assistance dogs for military veterans with PTSD: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis
| 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...
[Patient with a long history of disease in whom service dog contributed to recovery]
| Contributor(s):: Bak, M., Delespaul, P.