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What is a PTSD service dog?

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service dog vest reads: "working dog; do not pet"
caption Service dogs can alert owners to their obsessive-compulsive behaviour.
Jane Sangster

What does a service dog do?

From sensing seizures to guiding the blind, these dogs can be trained to do a variety of things. For Sonny Wicks, it’s providing the help he needs to feel that he can get through another day.

Sonny ‘s service dog, True, is a PTSD service dog. PTSD is a mental illness rooted in past trauma that can cause flashbacks, nightmares and constant anxiety even when there’s no present threat. His service dog is trained to help keep him calm and present, so he knows there’s always someone watching his back.

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