Yes, it is true. Even military canines can suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a report, there are approximately six hundred fifty military dogs and among those canines, there are more than five percent of them that have been deployed with U.S. combat forces suffering from PTSD. Of that five percent approximately half of them have had to go into retirement.
Studying canine PTSD is approximately eighteen months old, and they have been using dogs to help treat the soldiers who were suffering from PTSD. These dogs have many different symptoms of PTDS. Some of the canines can act hyper-vigilant, some will undergo a sharp change in temperament and instead of being easy to get along with, they become aggressive with the ones who own them, they may also avoid areas that they use to be comfortable in or they may become timid and clingy. Basically they just stop doing what they were trained to do.
If they cannot do what they were trained to do it not only puts the canine at risk but also the soldier. It is especially bad if the canine has been used to find certain types of explosive devices on the battlefield. If the canines are found to be suffering from this disorder there are several things that can be done, including being treated by using the Xanax, which is an anti-anxiety medication. This medication helps them to recover from the trauma that caused this PTSD and eventually return to active duty. If they cannot return to active duty, they are allowed to retire with an inactive service member or adoptive family.