Since 2012 a number of service dogs have been trained for, and matched to, military veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in support of their treatment. The training and matching of the service dogs is mostly done by St. Hulphond Nederland and the results so far seem very promising. However, they are mostly based on subjective experiences and self-reflection. While such experiences are, of course, extremely relevant, they nevertheless can make it difficult to develop a type of treatment that is beneficial to as many veterans as possible while, at the same time, catering to individual needs.

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