There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?”
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human.
Therapy animals save lives.
These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury.
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!
I have personally been in the presence of a therapy dog when i was in the hospital, ultimately diagnosed with PTSD. I couldn’t think of a better companion at the time because as fragile as I was, man’s best friend was someone I could oddly relate to? It quite literally made me smile in a time where I didn’t think smiling was an option. It’s led to me wanting to get a pet dog for a long time, when the budget is right, but it will happen. It also led to our family dog Riya becoming a therapy dog for local cancer patients. Seeing those smiles is almost a direct reflection of how I felt at the time, and it’s one of the best feelings on earth.