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PTSD Service Dogs Top Service Dog Breeds for People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



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Owning a dog can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship. All dog owners, including those who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can experience these benefits.
Clinically, there is not enough research yet to know if dogs actually help treat PTSD and its symptoms. Evidence-based therapies and medications for PTSD are supported by research. We encourage you to learn more about these treatments because it is difficult to draw strong conclusions from the few studies on dogs and PTSD that have been done.

Top 5 Breeds:
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Golden Retriever
3. Standard Retriever
4. Doberman Pinscher
5. Border Collie

Article on PTSD Service Dogs from US Department of Veterans Affairs

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45 Comments on “Service Dogs: PTSD Service Dogs Top Service Dog Breeds for People with PTSD – Animal Facts”

  1. I love your daughters voice! Such a sweetie. We have a standard poodle. I am training him as an autism service dog. 🐩

    1. FriskyFlores Thank you very much 🙂 Poodles are excellent service dogs… friendly and very obedient. 🙂

  2. Great video but Service dogs can be trained by there owner under the ADA but without prior training experience it is not recommended without the assistance of a trainer. Also Protective breeds are highly unrecommended for psychiatric service dogs are they feed off there handlers emotions more intensely and in a situation like a panic attack they are more likely to be over protective or even attack an individual that approaches.

    1. Thank you. Yeah, I ran across that bit of info and a lot of info about “fake” service dogs… so I left that tid-bit of info out to not encourage bad practice.

    2. Which breeds are protective? I would like to know because I’m thinking of the best dog breed for PTSD and a Panic disorder. Also wondering how a PTSD service dog could potentially help me in the car, are they allowed to sit in the passenger seat legally?

    3. +Stephanie Martinez Lima
      It is Always UNSAFE to have Any Dog ride in the Front Seat of a Vehicle because of the Possibility of the AirBags Deploying. In any Accident over approximately 10 mph your Dog Riskd being Crushed by The AirBag. No matter what Size The Dog is, The Damage can be anything from a Crushed Skull to an Entire Body of Crushed Bones with Full Internal Injuries. Always keep your Dog in the Back Seat Preferably behind the Driver Seat properly Tethered to the Seatbelt Receivers. As for Dogs with Protection or Protective Tendencies, there are Several. Your best bet is to choose a few different breeds of Dogs you are Interested in by way of Looks, Size needed, Type of Coat for your Weather Climate, etc. and then do Extensive Research on those Few Breeds to Assist you in your Decision. I have Always had German Shepherds which are Extremely Protective. However They are also Perfect for me for Size, Strength, Loyalty, Hugely Intuitive, Very Intelligent, Ease of Training, Dedication, Great with Children and Babies, etc. Everything I require in a Service Dog. In my opinion though it is best to have experience with this Breed as They can be quite a Handful for an Inexperienced Handler. The Same can be said for the Husky, Rottweiler and Doberman Breeds. Wonderful and Beautiful Breeds but are Best in Experienced Homes. If you are Inexperienced, it is my Opinion that a Nice Mixed Breed is Generally Best. Something with Some Lab or Shepherd and Hound. If you dont require Size, Beagles are Terrific Dogs, as are Many Terrier Breed Mixes. Research is Best and Asking Questions of Those who Have Experience with Many. Trainers and Rescue Fosters are a Great Source of Information. Also people who Groom Dogs and those who own or work at Dog Kennels and Play Day Cares for Dogs. Good Luck !

    1. ❤❤❤ Best wishes. Thre is a Channel under featured videos on my Channel page called Working Dog. She’s very knowledgeable about service dogs. I highly recommend checking out her channel.

  3. Great video, ty for posting. Currently working with my Dr and a trainer to sort through breeds to make a decision on a pup to begin the process with. (complex ptsd among other issues) Normally I would go the rescue route but here genetics and other known dynamics are pretty important. As of this typing the Moyen Standard poodle is the frontrunner but still a couple months out.

    1. thebayoubear ❤❤❤ Thank you and my best wishes as you take the next step in your journey. And I agree that a rescue is probably not the best suited for this task.

    2. I have Rescued EVERY 1 of My Service Dogs for Nearly 20 Years and I professionally Trained Dogs prior to my Disability. I was an Equestrian and Trained my Own Horses as well as Helped Others with Theirs but did nothing with Horses on a Professional Level. There are Excellent Candidates available in Shelters and Rescues All of The Time. Every Age. Every Breed. Every Size. If Anyone tries to Convince you that you NEED an Imprinted Purebred Puppy from a Breeder for Whatever Reasons they List off … They have only convinced themselves thats what THEY Need and So they want Everyone to want the Same. With Hundreds of Thousands of Dogs Being KILLED In Shelters EVERY DAY In This World … WHY Would That Possibly sound even remotely like the Right and Compassionate Thing to Do ? BUY A DOG FROM A BREEDER ? Support Someone who is Making $$$ From Breeding Their Dog when Their are So Many Purebred Dogs being KILLED ? To me, It Simply makes NO SENSE AND NEVER WILL. My Beautiful German Shepherds have Lived Very Well & Healthy to at Least 13 and Most 15 Years of Age and Every One has Served me With 100% Pure Devotion. And The G.S.Dogs prior to my Disability were just as Amazing too ! Of course its Always your Choice but please dont Discount The Local SPCA & Other Area Shelters as well Breed Specific Rescues and All Breed Rescues. Many even provide Transportation to You. It cant Hurt to Look into it. Youll be Fully Informed which is always a Good Thing! Best of Success!

  4. My dog is a in training to be a service animal. My Zeus is a pitbull and I have ptsd and other medical problems. My dog does compression therapy which helps me.

  5. I have ptsd from a car accident and from being a firefighter for 7 years. My service dog is a blue nose pit bull named zena. She is 2 years old, and when I have a ptsd attack she noses me or paws me gently or puts her body against me to bring me down. She is very calm and stays focused on me at all times.

  6. Can experiencing loosing someone or something close to u trigger PTSD

    Nvm lol

    How do I tell my mom I might have PTSD

  7. my 15 lb.. Boston Terrier was attacked by a pit mix. My dog, Murry who never barked at other dogs has started barking and growling at other dogs. Tonight we saw the dog that attacked him and Murry barked and what sounded like screaming until I moved him where he couldn’t see the other dog. it took Murry literally hours to calm down. He was nervous and edgy… out of sorts. What do I to help Murry ???

    1. My first suggestion would be to avoid the other dog if at all possible. Was the dog not accompanied by his owner?

    2. yes the dog was with the owner but was on a long rope as a leash and the owner couldn’t control the dog. We both live in a large apartment complex. There are lots of places to walk your dog but the owner goes out of her way to walk her dog in front of our apartment. My dog has never barked at other dogs but he starts to now but I am teaching him to leave it and no bark. Last night he was screaming and shaking all over when he saw the dog that attacked him. I hate seeing my dog like this.

    3. ☹ I think my first move would to be to talk to management. See if they can do anything like ask her to walk the dog in other parts of the complex and to get a proper leash/harness.

    1. Any breed can be a service dog. Yes! However some dogs of any breed don’t have the emotional strength to handle the daily stresses a service dog encounters. From elevators, escalators, kids yelling at them or grabbing fur, random loud noises in a store and still able to focus solely on the handler. Not every dog has the focus and emotional hardiness to handle such situations. The first test a SD prospect is tested for is how quickly it recovers from scary situations. I can tell you from experience, some breeders can go through 3 or 4 litters before they find a pup that has this. When a SD in training freaks out at everything and despite all attempts to help the dog recover, we call them a “wash out”. The handler may still keep the dog, however if it’s nervous system can’t handle the tasks at hand the dog becomes a regular pet. Only the best make it to service dog status.

  8. Some breeders specialize in prepping their pups for service dog work. I personally know a Shiloh Shepherd breeder who trains for diabetes and a border collie breeder who raises for almost any kind of ailment. These breeders are wonderful for those of us who know the necessity of early stimuli and tactile stimulation in pups who have potential as service dogs!

  9. Can you do a video on Regular service dogs like for people with mobility issues and also balance issues?

  10. Thank you so much for this! My German Shepherd dog is currently in training to be a service dog for my PTSD. I really appreciate all of the spot on information. I also saw your comment about fakes and think it’s awesome that you’re standing up for disabled people 🙂 I can also tell you guys put in a lot of research to make quality content, keep it up!

    1. Thank you. How much longer does your GSD to train? We’ve got a GSD trained for police K9 work that lives in our apartment complex. He’s super smart.

    2. Animal Facts probably just a couple more months. I’m actually going to a treatment facility soon and I’m trying to get him into a board and train while I’m there, but unfortunately they’re insanely expensive.

  11. My service dog is a German Shepherd/Husky mix from a shelter. Just wanted to note that a person can train their own service dog if they have a doctor’s note saying they need to have a service dog.

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