Miami Condo rescuers have received comfort dogs sent from different states. Dogs have proved to be man’s best friend even when things get tough. They know how to spread hope around us even when we are down. Nine golden retrievers were sent to help Miami Condo rescuers cope with the recent disaster which happened some days ago in Miami.
These comfort canines are just like therapy dogs. They are here to help rescuers maintain emotional well-being.
These dogs are here for you. A lot of times they [first responders] come up, they’ll fall to their knees, they’ll start crying or they’ll smile. We try not to say anything, we let the dog be the bridge for those people to grieve the loss, whatever they’re feeling.Bonnie Fear
Although some Therapy dogs brought from Miami Dade County Fire Departments are working on this, the retrievers are waiting to be called into action. Comfort dogs are trained to offer well-proven therapy for anxiety, fear, depression, and other forms of distress.
According to the hypothesis, after several years, these dogs develop sensitivity to distress in a way that they become submissive to offer comfort to a stranger in distress.
Captain Shawn Campana of the Miami Dade Fire Dept said that the crew is aware that stress like suicide ideation, PTSD, etc. can affect them and that is what these dogs were trained to prevent. When humans are being comforted, oxytocin is released from the body.