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Training the combat and operational stress control dog: an innovative modality for behavioral health.
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PMID:  22388680     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Combat and operational stress control (COSC) dogs represent a new category of military working dog. America's VetDogs, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, trains and provides therapy dogs to work with the US Army's combat and operational stress control teams deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. By taking the therapy/service dog concept to the next level, these dogs have become an important modality in the Army's initiative to safeguard Soldiers' behavioral health while deployed, allowing COSC unit members to break down stigmas that are still present when dealing with behavioral health issues. The training process begins by choosing a pool of dogs, exposing them to different sensory experiences over several months, and training the primary and secondary handlers who will be responsible for the dogs while deployed in theater. After their deployment ends, the dogs are retrained by America's VetDogs to further serve in military or Veterans Administration medical centers as physical, occupational, or behavioral therapy dogs.
William Krol
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  U.S. Army Medical Department journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-0436     ISO Abbreviation:  US Army Med Dep J     Publication Date:    2012 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9617037     Medline TA:  US Army Med Dep J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  46-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
America's VetDogs-the Veteran's K-9 Corps.
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