Eclair, the first service dog to help a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
This Labrador comes from a Belgian service dog breeder.
On July 14, 2022, Frédéric, a special forces soldier and war wounded, will welcome Eclair, an assistance dog.
“Regain a social life and fight against isolation”
Trained by the association LA CAPE, this young Labrador of 20 months will support his new master who is suffering from post-traumatic stress.
A syndrome which is manifested by dissociative crises (reliving the past in the present), daily nightmares, leading him to fear sleeping, reducing his hours of sleep and exposing his state of fatigue and his hypervigilance at home or outdoors.
Eclair “will be there to bring him psycho-emotional stability, accompany him on his outings, interrupt moments of daytime and nighttime crises. In this way, it will allow him in the long term to resume a social life, and to fight against the isolation which continues to accentuate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress when nothing is done” explains Benjamin Borg, the founder of THE CAP.
Training an assistance dog costs 25,000 euros
The association hopes to continue its mission by training other dogs. Today, she is looking for funds because the education of an assistance dog costs 25,000 euros.
“We were able to carry out the education of Eclair thanks to a formidable distribution chain, but it is essential that we manage to complete its fundraising pot in order to sustain the future. We have seven dogs placed in family who will come to take over, this cannot be done without increasing our financial means, we know that we can count on you all! concludes Benjamin Borg.
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