A dog that can help with more than you can pawsibly imagine
It’s being trained to bring a Durban woman with a stress disorder her medication and get help should she need it
Poppy will not magically make Tina le Roux’s post-traumatic stress symptoms disappear or take away her trauma, but she is helping the Durban woman become more functional.
The husky cross ridgeback is currently being trained as a psychiatric service dog to help Le Roux, a rape survivor with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Unlike emotional-support animals, which can include birds, miniature horses, rodents and even reptiles, psychiatric dogs and their handlers have to undergo training for more than a year and have to be registered as a service dog...