Train a Dog − Save a Warrior

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Fuzzy and Suzy Manning

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The Mission of Train a Dog – Save a Warrior (TADSAW) program is to unite wounded warriors, suffering with PTSD, with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, nonjudgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.

Physical, behavioral, and/or emotional symptoms can be helped tremendously by the presence of a well-trained TADSAW SERVICE DOG. Anxiety, panic, fear, irritability, depression, withdrawal, isolation, hyper-vigilance, loss of trust, nightmares, reoccurring flashbacks, phobias of crowds, phones, e-mail, stores, buildings, vehicles, unfamiliar people, insomnia, fatigue, pounding heart, migraines, difficulty concentrating, paranoia, sleepwalking, suicidal thoughts, anti-social behavior, suspicion, poor self-esteem are but some of the symptoms where a TADSAW SERVICE DOG has proved useful.

Working as a team with the warrior’s counselors, family support and medical support team, is step one. Talk therapy, positive motivation, relaxation training, systematic desensitization, biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, are but some of the treatments in the therapeutic ‘toolbox.’ As with anything, some work better on some warriors than others.

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