“They are a great bridge in helping people,” Hetzner said, adding that Las Vegas residents are dealing with many types of trauma, including survivor’s guilt and the pain of losing loved ones. Others are struggling with serious injuries that can leave them permanently damaged.
A comfort dog named Ruthie is at a candlelight vigil after a mass shootout in Las Vegas.
Hetzner said the golden retrievers began training for this role in eight weeks with training lasting for 16 to 18 weeks. When they are not on the job, they live in the caregiver's home.
Hetzner added that they ensure that dogs get breaks, so they do not feel overwhelmed by the emotions. This is the precaution you have to take when it comes to animals that are in tune with people's feelings.
“Dogs are an incredible gift from God,” he said. “They sense when someone is hurting.”