PTSD Dogs – Helping Sufferers Bring Light Back Into their Lives

 A lot of days are dark, with little feeling or emotion. Some are filled with flashbacks and exhausting sleepless nights due to nightmares………

These touching words are from Mark, an Army veteran of 10 years and struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has physical disabilities due to being injured in service…. this is the cost of his service to us; his experiences suffered cannot be undone unseen or unheard, they do not go away now that he has left the front line

Mark, however, has made the huge step of taking part in the PTSD assistance dog programme run by the charity Service Dogs UK, where he is training Jerry, his very own assistance dog under the watchful eye of professional dog trainers. Already he is benefitting mentally from taking part, bonding with his dog and learning new skills.

“Starting to live and laugh again”…….. “It really makes a difference to me”PTSD 6

Life is a struggle for those with PTSD, it is a challenge just to get through the day. However, dogs can help mitigate some of symptoms related to PTSD, this is why the programme works. Dogs offer unconditional love and friendship without judgement or the need for words.

There is a valid scientific basis behind the idea that dogs can play such a meaningful part for PTSD sufferers. The interaction between “man and dog” releases oxytocin, a ‘feel good’ hormone that reduces stress and anxiety. Research suggests that oxytocin increases trust and is often called the social hormone. It helps us to engage with one another and makes us feel safe. So when we think of some of the symptoms linked to PTSD such as, social detachment, depression, paranoia & trust issues (amongst others) – it’s easy to understand why this chemical bond is so important!


Mark is on a very big journey and it’s still early days, but he reports that “it really is making a difference to me”. The programme takes between 9-12 months to get to assistance dog standard, after which the ‘team’ has to pass the Assistance Dogs International public access test to become a fully-fledged assistance dog partnership. In this period Mark has 2 weekly training sessions plus homework.



As co-founder Judith Broug said “It requires real commitment, however, the routine, the sense of purpose and being part of a team that changes life for the better is extremely empowering”.

Ajax (2)

Lee, an Army and Fire Service veteran also on the programme is experiencing positive life changes through the training, bonding and companionship of his dog Ajax. (Main picture & above)

Lee says: “Ajax has enabled me to find a way to accept love as an emotion again”.

For anyone with emotional numbness due to their PTSD this is a big step. For Lee, after seven years of various therapies nothing worked.  Ajax however, is giving him a new sense of purpose and is a constant friend to help him through dark times.

The dogs, are mainly selected from rescue and assessed before they are partnered with their veteran to establish whether they have the right characteristics to become an Assistance Dog and would enjoy ‘the job’. Once partnered each dog is taught how to help the veteran with flashbacks by being able to ‘ground’ a veteran, wake someone from a nightmare or provide a barrier for someone suffering from anxiety in a public place.

Currently Service Dogs UK operates in West Sussex, Surrey and East & North Hampshire and applications are open to veterans with PTSD who have served in Armed Forces, Emergency Services, Coastguard (MCA) and RNLI. To find out more visit: Service Dogs UK

You May Also Like

346 thoughts on “PTSD Dogs – Helping Sufferers Bring Light Back Into their Lives

  1. Pingback: viagra online usa
  2. Pingback: cialis 20mg price
  3. Pingback: cialis black
  4. Pingback: cost of cialis
  5. Pingback: Viagra medication
  6. Pingback: generic ventolin
  7. Pingback: buy viagra pills
  8. Pingback: cialis from canada
  9. Pingback: buy tylenol
  10. Pingback: buy cialis canada
  11. Pingback: viagra generic
  12. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  13. Pingback: viagra 50mg
  14. Pingback: ed pills otc
  15. Pingback: tadalafil generic
  16. Pingback: rx pharmacy
  17. Pingback: Google
  18. Pingback: cialis online
  19. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg
  20. Pingback: Jed Fernandez
  21. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg
  22. Pingback: cialis 20mg
  23. Pingback: app for laptop
  24. Pingback: casino real money
  25. Pingback: Toronto Jobs
  26. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  27. Pingback: viagra cost
  28. Pingback: kratom near me
  29. Pingback: cbd cats
  30. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  31. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  32. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  33. Pingback: Herbal potpourri
  34. Pingback: consultant seo
  35. Pingback: loan online
  36. Pingback: cash advance
  37. Pingback: cash payday
  38. Pingback: viagra cost
  39. Pingback: cialis buy
  40. Pingback: cialis buy
  41. Pingback: generic for cialis
  42. Pingback: CBD for sale
  43. Pingback: generic for cialis
  44. Pingback: generic for cialis
  45. Pingback: عزة
  46. Pingback: خيال
  47. Pingback: Amsterdam escorts
  48. Pingback: Kratom near me
  49. Pingback: buy cheap viagra
  50. Pingback: Royal CBD
  51. Pingback:
  52. Pingback: Royal CBD
  53. Pingback: terpenes
  54. Pingback: Royal CBD
  55. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  56. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  57. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  58. Pingback: Royal CBD
  59. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  60. Pingback: west virginia
  61. Pingback: hollywood casino
  62. Pingback: cbd virginia
  63. Pingback: Royal CBD
  64. Pingback: Royal CBD
  65. Pingback: utah cbd
  66. Pingback:
  67. Pingback: tennessee cbd
  68. Pingback:
  69. Pingback: oregon cbd
  70. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  71. Pingback: new york
  72. Pingback: cbd new mexico
  73. Pingback: cbd oil new jersey
  74. Pingback: cbd nevada
  75. Pingback: cbd oil montana
  76. Pingback: missouri
  77. Pingback: Royal CBD
  78. Pingback: Royal CBD
  79. Pingback:
  80. Pingback: iowa cbd
  81. Pingback: illinois cbd
  82. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  83. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  84. Pingback:
  85. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  86. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  87. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  88. Pingback: Royal CBD
  89. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  90. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  91. Pingback:
  92. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  93. Pingback: Royal CBD
  94. Pingback: cbd legal status
  95. Pingback: how does cbd work
  96. Pingback: CBD capsules
  97. Pingback: Thc Vape Oil
  98. Pingback: اغاني
  99. Pingback: lesbian porn
  100. Pingback: MILF
  101. Pingback: slot machine games
  102. Pingback: rust earth map
  103. Pingback: MALWAREBYTES APP
  104. Pingback: laptop app
  105. Pingback: Fakaza
  106. Pingback: viagra discount
  107. Pingback: London escorts
  108. Pingback: Escort amsterdam
  109. Pingback: viagra online
  110. Pingback: Health Coaches
  111. Pingback: anvelope chisinau
  112. Pingback: viagra generic
  113. Pingback: Online Impacts
  114. Pingback: options trading
  115. Pingback: Pc support
  116. Pingback: affiliate link
  117. Pingback: Escort amsterdam
  118. Pingback: Mac support
  119. Pingback: traveler
  120. Pingback: Corporate Speaker
  121. Pingback: brand viagra
  122. Pingback: buy viagra canada
  123. Pingback: flights
  124. Pingback: buy viagra now
  125. Pingback: prostate massager
  126. Pingback: cialis online
  127. Pingback: fishscale cocaine
  128. Pingback: brand viagra
  129. Pingback: اغاني
  130. Pingback: Venice photography
  131. Pingback: Employee benefits
  132. Pingback: My Thai Living
  133. Pingback: hunde physio
  134. Pingback:
  135. Pingback: russian porcelain
  136. Pingback: internet radio
  137. Pingback: realistic dong
  138. Pingback: gamdom
  139. Pingback: gel polish kit
  140. Pingback: bitsler
  141. Pingback: wolfbet
  142. Pingback: stake bitcoins
  143. Pingback: cialis price
  144. Pingback: geo maps
  145. Pingback: business
  146. Pingback: Loans
  147. Pingback: Visa
  148. Pingback: viagra
  149. Pingback: crypto trade
  150. Pingback: buy Viagra 100mg
  151. Pingback: online viagra
  152. Pingback: cialis dose
  153. Pingback: Denver SEO agency
  154. Pingback: pueblo seo
  155. Pingback: Cialis 60mg tablet
  156. Pingback: Cialis 80mg otc
  157. Pingback: generic viagra
  158. Pingback: buy cialis
  159. Pingback: Cialis 60 mg uk
  160. Pingback: viagra for sale
  161. Pingback: viagra
  162. Pingback: buy Cialis 40 mg
  163. Pingback: crypto exchange
  164. Pingback: Puppies near me
  165. Pingback: THC VAPE JUICE
  166. Pingback: cheap lasix 100mg
  167. Pingback: sex ed
  168. Pingback: cialis pills
  169. Pingback: propecia 5 mg nz
  170. Pingback: buy viagra online
  171. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  172. Pingback: online pharmacy
  173. Pingback: dinh cu canada
  174. Pingback: finasteride 5mg nz
  175. Pingback: viagra buy
  176. Pingback: bodrum kos feribot
  177. Pingback: ucuz uçak bileti
  178. Pingback: amaryl 2mg nz
  179. Pingback: macca
  180. Pingback: sua hat macca
  181. Pingback: arava 10mg online
  182. Pingback: tapchiphunuvn
  183. Pingback: cialis shelf life
  184. Pingback: tabakvervanger
  185. Pingback: electronic
  186. Pingback: mana mana muppets
  187. Pingback: tabakvervanger
  188. Pingback: viagra jet lag
  189. Pingback: Tierfutter

Comments are closed.