Assistance Dog for C-PTSD Case Study: Cinnamon
Assistance dogs have long been recognised as valuable companions for individuals with physical disabilities, however, their ability to also aid those struggling with mental health conditions, like PTSD and C-PTSD is becoming more and more widely studied and recognised. These highly trained animals offer a sense of security, companionship, and emotional support to those living with PTSD and C-PTSD, helping them to manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. In this video case study, we have the pleasure of meeting Cassie who, with the team at Adolescent Dogs, is training her dog Cinnamon to help her with her autism, ADHD and C-PTSD.
We think it’s amazing what the team at Adolescent Dogs, Cassie and Cinnamon have achieved and we can’t wait to see the continued positive impact Cinnamon will have. If you would like to learn more about the Assistance Dog Training Program with Adolescent Dogs, please visit their website here (please note, as an affiliate charity, Adolescent Dogs make a donation of 20% of the course fees to PTSD UK for everyone who signs up to their owner training course through this link).
It’s important to note that there is no specific test, or ‘exam’ that dogs need to undertake to be qualified as an Assistance Dog to authorise them access to public areas. There are a number of organisations that offer ‘public access tests’ or tests to be a ‘registered Assistance Dog’ however, these are not required to have a dog be considered an Assistance Dog (but they can help if you’re challenged!). Assistance dogs are not pets and are treated as ‘auxiliary aids which help mitigate a disability’ which, based on the Equality Act 2010 states they have certain access rights. You can find out more about your rights with an Assistance Dog from the Equality and Human Rights Commission here.
Find out more about Assistance Dogs and how they can help people with PTSD and C-PTSD here.
If you’ve got a dog who helps support you, why not sign up to our next PTSD UK Wagathon in August!!
This new annual challenge is set to be huge with fundraisers across the UK challenging themselves and their pooches to complete a 9K walk during the August Bank Holiday Weekend – all whilst wearing their new PTSD UK dog bandana of course! Find out more, and sign up to the PTSD UK Wagathon here.
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It is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event occurred, which means it is never too late to seek help. For some, the first step may be watchful waiting, then exploring therapeutic options such as individual or group therapy – but the main treatment options in the UK are psychological treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting and understanding your feelings and seeking professional help is often the only way of effectively treating PTSD. You can find out more in the links below, or here.