Kicking it off with the human animal bond, and service dogs for veterans

Steve Dale’s Petcast

dog saves veteran with PTSD – Courtesy of Steve Dale (Photo taken by Steve Dale)

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Appropriate to kick off the first ever Steve Dale Petcast with a conversation about the human animal bond. Without that bond, none of us would have pets. What would be the point? Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Maggie O’Haire, associate professor Human Animal Interaction Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. O’Haire agrees with my belief that dogs may understand us better than we understand them.  And she reveals results of her studies to support the notion that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome do far better with a service dog. Dr. O’Haire’s research makes a huge difference, as service dogs are supported by our government for people with physical disabilities, yet not for war heroes with PTSD who would benefit by having a psychiatric service dog.

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Steve Dale Petcast

Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant, is host of two nationally syndicated radio shows–Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute–as well as host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, Chicago. (Click for more.)