PTSD Service Dogs: Secondary Interventions
After a symptom occurs, then a Service Dog can help, too. After the handler starts to react to either a trauma-specific trigger (such as the sound of a helicopter) or environmental trigger (such as people getting too close to the handler), the dog can be a calming presence, thus reducing the effect of the triggering.
The handler can be trained to focus on the dog during these attacks--instead of focusing on oneself, the dog helps the handler get out of their head and into the moment.
The Service Dog can be physically placed directly between the handler and the triggering event.
The dog can be used as a source of emotional stability and comfort.