Post-traumatic stress disorder among military dogs has gained some recognition, but strays also seem to suffer the effects of a difficult life in a war zone, writes Jessie Knadler, whose soldier husband rescued their dog Solha from Afghanistan. "Right away, I could tell there was something different about this dog," Knadler writes, recounting months of destructive, difficult behavior that seemed to be best explained by the scrappy, dangerous life Solha led as a stray. "All we could give her was time, love, freedom, and lots of exercise and discipline. Is that how to treat canine PTSD? I don't know. But Solha is a different, calmer dog today than she was a year ago."
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