Research suggests that psychiatric service dogs may be an effective complementary treatment option for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s been found that disrupting episodes of anxiety ranks among the most important tasks a service dog can provide to veterans with PTSD, research finds.

Science has shown that service dogs can benefit some veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). But the exact role they play in the day-to-day lives of veterans—and the helpfulness of the tasks they perform—is less clear.

The new study explores what trained tasks service dogs perform the most often and which ones are the most helpful to veterans with PTSD. The study found that the task of disrupting episodes of anxiety ranked among the most important and most often used.

“There has been some debate on what kind of training PTSD service dogs need to be…

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