Dogs for Mental Health
We are using evidence based research, with combined practical experience, that has included input from experts in psychology, specialists in dog behaviour and training, and from our own experience, to gain a better understanding of the ways in which partnership with an Assistance Dog can become a valuable adjunct to conventional therapy. Our own research includes multiple measures of symptoms associated with PTSD.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder checklist (PCL) indicates the severity of PTSD symptoms and is used widely to help diagnose PTSD in veterans. It is also used to measure progress over time. We are using this data measurement - along with others - to track changes in clinical depression and negative cognitions, depression, anxiety, and anger, along with increases in perceived social support and overall quality of life.
We have ongoing collaborations with UK universities that we are pleased to be associated with.
Details of research findings are published in due course through appropriate academic channels.