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Unleashing Healing: TriCord’s Service Dogs for Trauma Recovery




At TriCord Ranch Foundation, we recognize the profound impact that animals can have on healing and emotional well-being. That’s why we’ve integrated therapy dogs and service dogs into our trauma management program. These loyal companions play a vital role in supporting survivors of trauma, particularly those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Healing Power of Dogs

Dogs have an innate ability to offer unconditional love, companionship, and a non-judgmental presence. These qualities make them ideal partners in therapy and support for trauma survivors. At TriCord Ranch, we integrate therapy and service dogs into our programs to assist with emotional regulation, reduce anxiety, and provide a sense of security.

Therapy Dogs:

  • Our therapy dogs provide emotional support and comfort to participants during counseling sessions and group therapy. Their presence helps reduce anxiety and promotes a sense of safety.

  • Petting a dog can lower cortisol levels and increase the release of oxytocin, the “bonding hormone.”

  • Therapy dogs create a bridge of trust between participants and our trauma therapists.

Service Dogs:

  • Service dogs are specially trained to assist individuals with specific needs. For PTSD survivors, they offer invaluable support:

  • Nightmares and Flashbacks: Service dogs can wake their owners during nightmares or ground them during flashbacks.

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks: These dogs provide deep pressure therapy, calming their owners during moments of distress.

  • Social Isolation: Service dogs encourage social interaction and reduce feelings of loneliness.

  • Hyperarousal: They help regulate emotions and provide a sense of security.

Our Collaborative Efforts

Donor Partnerships:

  • We work closely with generous donors who contribute funds to acquire dogs. These dogs undergo rigorous training to become certified service animals.

  • Donors often sponsor the training costs, ensuring that our participants receive well-trained companions.

Dog Training Elite:

  • Our partnership with Dog Training Elite allows us to provide service dog training at discounted rates. Their expert trainers specialize in PTSD service dogs.

  • Together, we customize training programs to meet individual needs, ensuring a strong bond between participant and dog.

Veterinary Support:

  • We collaborate with veterinary clinics across Oklahoma to provide low-cost or no-cost services for our service dogs.

  • Regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care are essential for maintaining the health of our furry heroes.

Changing Lives, One Paw at a Time

TriCord Ranch Foundation believes that healing extends beyond traditional therapy. Our service dogs offer unconditional love, companionship, and a pathway to recovery. As we continue our mission, we invite you to join us in supporting these remarkable animals and the survivors they serve.

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