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Do You Need a Service Dog for Crohn’s Disease?

Service dogs can help those with Crohn’s disease.

Carol Lea Benjamin, a dog trainer with Crohn’s, had been with Dexter since he was six weeks old. Over time, she noticed that the pitbull mix was helping her with the pain associated with the condition. For example, Dexter would lean against her as a way to provide comfort when her symptoms were acting up.

“It took a long time for me to realize that he was doing something intentional, that he knew when I was in pain, that he knew where the pain was, and that he knew when the pain went away,” says Benjamin, who also authors a blog about dogs. That’s when she decided to train Dexter to be her service dog. In addition to basic commands, like “sit down,” she used the word “keppie” — which has personal significance to her — to let Dexter and subsequent service dogs know when she needed pressure applied to various parts of her body.

Read full article: Do You Need a Service Dog for Crohn’s Disease? | Everyday Health

Read Full Article: Do You Need a Service Dog for Crohn’s Disease? | Everyday Health

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