PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Dogs
Reclassified dogs may require additional training to further develop skills and traits that are identified during the GDV Guide Dog training program. This training may be provided by GDV staff or, depending on the potential opportunities for the dog, through an appropriate partner agency.
One such organisation is Integra Service Dogs Australia. Integra Service Dogs Australia work with Veterans and First Responders living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their families by enriching lives through highly-trained canine guardians.
A not-for-profit organisation, Integra supports Veterans and First Responders through the provision of dogs that provide security, assistance and friendship to those with PTSD as a result of their time in service.
Once a dog is identified as showing potential for this work by GDV staff, Integra Service Dogs Australia carry out a more specific assessment of the dogs’ potential before providing additional training in readiness for matching with one of their own clients.
Contact Integra Service Dogs Australia via their website here for more information.