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“Penn Researchers Show Relationship With Working Dogs Protect Handlers From PTSD”

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Cen...

A search and rescue dog at the World Trade Center site after the attacks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 4, 2012 article on the University of Pennsylvania website talks about a 3 year study done that looked at the rate and severity of PTSD in working dogs and their handlers who were deployed on 9/11 to see how they compared to other first-responders who were not teamed with working dogs.  The study looked specifically at search and rescue dogs and their handlers, and the finding seems to show that the search and rescue teams of working dog and a handler, seemed to fare better than other first responders also deployed on 9/11.  It was an interesting article and worth looking at if you have an interest in working dogs and the relationship between them and their handler.

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