SOURCE: Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence

September 30, 2014 10:45 ET

New PTSD Service and Emotional Support Dog Study Underway

Canine Companions for Independence Partners With Veteran Administration on Study to Provide Service and Emotional Support Dogs for Veterans With PTSD

SANTA ROSA, CA--(Marketwired - September 30, 2014) - With the increase in military Veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a new study is underway to see if a service dog or an emotional support dog can help. Assistance dog organization Canine Companions for Independence has been chosen as a contractor to furnish dogs for a study to be performed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to determine the potential benefits of canine support for Veterans with PTSD.

"Canine Companions is always at the forefront of canine assistance and therapy," states Paul Mundell, director of canine programs at Canine Companions. "This study is an opportunity to support our Veterans and provide insight into the potential benefits of a highly trained assistance dog for individuals living with PTSD."

Non-profit Canine Companions will be training PTSD service dogs to complete 5 specific tasks that will potentially help Veterans with PTSD, in addition to public access and obedience training. Canine Companions will also be training emotional support dogs for the same purpose.

Canine Companions for Independence created the concept of assistance dogs to assist people with physical disabilities back in 1975. With six training center locations across the country, they've placed over 4500 assistance dogs to serve children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Canine Companions has placed assistance dogs with over 100 wounded or disabled Veterans through its Wounded Veterans Initiative, and is now one of a small group of organizations awarded contracts to provide quality dogs for the VA study.

To learn more about Canine Companions visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with six training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs as well as the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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