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Military dogs show signs of stress

Friday, December 2, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

When we think of dogs serving in the military, we think of these hero’s that were use to take out Bin Laden but it’s a fact that 5 % of these canines are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.Their frightening daily task of sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq has taken a big toll on them too. Many now need treatment.  Like humans with the this disorder, different dogs show different symptoms. According to the New York Times, some become hyper-vigilant. Others avoid buildings or work areas that they had previously been comfortable in. Some undergo sharp changes in temperament, becoming unusually aggressive with their handlers, or clingy and timid. Most crucially, many stop doing the tasks they were trained to perform. These dogs remember the stressful, traumatic experience just as humans do. They need to be treated extra special when they come home and should be given medical attention if necessary.

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