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National Service Dogs – PTSD and other services

Val Cairney November 12, 2021 163

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Welcome to Val Talk’s Pets.  For this special edition interview I’m very excited to have a return guest, Danielle Forbes, co-founder and Executive Director of National Service Dogs.  Today, we’ll be chatting about the National Service Dogs, specifically their PTSD and other services they provide.

We’ve just marked Remembrance Day in Canada and around the world countries are honouring and remembering their veterans and military service members.  With this commitment, many military members have left service with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and others are still serving while managing this condition.  As well, first responders are not immune as members of the first responder community have also been diagnosed with PTSD.  Danielle has joined me to walk us through how specially trained service dogs for PTSD have become vital to the well-being of many who live day to day managing their PTSD.  As well, National Service Dogs has facility assistance dogs that incredibly work in many facilities to support staff and victims in many circumstances.  These dogs are truly amazing and you will be absolutely blown away with the incredible work these dogs do every day. 

A Veteran is comforted by his service dog. CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS

For information on PTSD, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

About National Service Dogs

Our vision is to be Canada’s premiere service dog provider, pioneering change in the lives of Canadians benefiting from our services.

Our mission is to empower people to achieve their full potential with strategically trained and certified service dogs, catalysts for restorative change.

And our values are:

  • Always collaborating: We work across organizations, industries, governments and entities to inform the work we do in the best interests of the Canadians we are proud to serve.
  • Compassionate caring: We bring our hearts and industry-leading expertise to every conversation and solve problems with a “people focused” approach.
  • Ethical treatment of our animals: Everything we do begins and ends with the dogs in our care. We loved them first and hold the responsibility for their well-being the length of their lives.
  • Innovative spirit: We believe in doing things differently – no status quo here. Building upon the pioneering spirit exemplified by the staff, volunteers and donors that got us to where we are today, we approach everything we do with a spirit of possibilities.

For more information on National Service Dogs, please visit their website.

Photographs are shown with permission from, and remain the property of, National Service Dogs.
Danielle with her namesake NSD Forbes
Class of 2020
NSD Pixie Comforts a Small Child

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Val Cairney

Hi everyone, and welcome to Val Talk’s Pets, the forum for pet parents and enthusiasts alike. So, I have been working in the pet industry now for almost 10 years and, on a daily basis, I handle a lot of issues and questions arising from pet parents. I am not a veterinarian but I do have certifications in Canine, Feline, Small Animal, Fish and Herptile and Avian Health and Nutrition from the University of California, Davis Extension, the Vet College.

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