Service Dog Pilot Study Results

Service Dog Pilot Study Results

Evaluating the effectiveness of service dogs for Veterans with PTSD


Results:The reported impacts for 18 veterans with PTSD after acquiring a service dog, include:

  1. Decreased nightmares, improved sleep and a slight increase in physical activity
  2. No reduction in medication use
  3. Moderate, long lasting reduction in depressive symptoms
  4. Improved Quality of Life, More social integration to the community
  5. Decreased PTSD symptoms
  6. No Reductions in reliance on a caregiver

    1. For more information on the Service Dog Pilot Study, visit veterans.gc.ca

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