Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Ben Atchison

Second Advisor

Amy Wagenfeld


service dogs, PTSD, veterans


Veterans and their service dogs share a special relationship that is not only a friendship but a working relationship as well. They each give each other something that they cannot get on their own. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the relationship between veterans and their service dogs and the emotional and physical support provided. A review of the literature, combined with systematic interviews of combat veterans led to an initial understanding of the relationship between a veteran and a service dog and the benefits and risks associated with this special connection.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access