The Schwarz Kennels

and the Dire Wolf Project

PTSD dogs

PTSD dogs

There are a number of tasks the dogs can be taught to support those with PTSD including helping with medication reminders, other memory issues such as disorientation, directional challenges, and keeping track of time.
Our mission is to provide service dogs that help PTSD victims gain independence over their condition. 

For PTSD service dogs
 The dogs can also be taught to respond to sounds such as door bells, smoke alarms, or other noises. 

relief from emotional overload and caring for the service dog can offer consistency in a daily routine, offering increased independence and providing a buffer against apathy, low mental energy and unwanted attention in public places.

PTSD Service Dogs Tasks and Abilities
Assistance in Medical Crisis
Answer Doorbell
Bring Help Indoors
Assist to Rise and Steady Patient
Carrying Medical Supplies
Treatment Related Assistance
Timed Medication Reminder
Help Coping With Medication Side Effects
Alert Partner In Time of Distress
Alert To emergency Like Smoke Alarm
Assistance Coping With Emotional Overload
Provide Tactile Stimulation To Disrupt Overload
Wake For Work Or School
Combat Sedative Effects
Prevent and Combat Emotional Overload In Workplace
Public Panic Prevention
Security Enhancement Tasks
Support In Coping With Fear Of Intruder
Assist In Escape Strategy
Light Up Dark Room

PTSD Service Dogs Provide Peace Of Mind
In order to adequately provide you with the right pup, we would need to speak with you so that we can appropriately address your concerns.  

PTSD service dogs are primarily used for Veterans or children with a history of trauma. Our goal is to provide peace of mind to everyone in the family, not just the individual coping with a stress disorder. 


The Look of your PTSD dog is an EXTREAMILY IMPORTANT part of what you need your dog for

If you are afraid of being hurt or attacked, then you might want a very scary looking dog.
If you are an introvert and do NOT want people around you

You want:
Ears UP
Black dogs or dark dogs with black skin and points such as black around the ears and black muzzles 
Yellow eyes that stare at strangers
Large girthy dogs
Dogs that are more alert to sounds, noises and movement. This is a harder dog to train than a mellow slow going dog so it will take a trainer to handle the energy and the brain that wants to learn and do so much
you must have VELCRO in this dog as most dogs with this type of temperament are bold and inquisitive and this is not what you want. You do want a bolder dog but not a highly bold dog. You want a dog to stand its ground and not be intimidated by others. A touch of protection in the background of this dogs ancestors. 
Barks on command only. The Anatolian, gsd, pyreneese, Irish wolfhound mix will work for you. 
(This is also the dog that works for me).. Many people have come to me for these dogs..

If you need to learn how to join into society and need to learn how to cope with the public, then you need a dog that will start up a conversation with the public at large. In this case you will need a dog that appears approachable so you need :
drop ears
slow and easy going in temperament
a mellow dog
light in color but not too hairy of a coat. shorter coat, perhaps curly coated even. 
fluffy looking but not one that sheds on others
no druling or slobbering so you want a closed mouth/lip dog, but not a tight lip or too closed
you want girth in the muzzle and body. NO pointed muzzles.
Darker eyes.The Mastiff outcross will do for you.

Schwarz dogs are NOT working dogs

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