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Certified Intensive Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course - Training Your Own Service Dog for PTSD, Anxiety Disorders and Depression

The SDTSI Owner/Self-Training Psychiatric Service Dog program is designed to teach you to train your own dogs to be your PTSD assistant in your daily life. Training sessions take place online, and you will work with an individual SDTSI trainer on Task Work and Public Access through our platform.

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About Psychiatric Service Dog Training E-learning Course

Are you dealing with emotional trauma or physical disabilities? Are you looking to train your own service dog to help with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, flashbacks, waking up from nightmares, and much more? Are you afraid of going out alone and would like to have your own service dog assistant accompany you everywhere? Then this is the right course for you! Our online Certified Intensive Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course is developed by the SDTSI team of trusted, experienced behavioral experts, including certified trainers and board-certified veterinary behaviorists. It will help you to achieve small goals that you and your dog can benefit from in a short amount of time and give you an element of your life that you can control. The course is spread over 6 distinct modules, covering everything you need to learn about training a service dog for PTSD, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, and being a service dog handler. 

Joining the Certified Intensive Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course is only a 3-step process: Enroll, Study, and Get Certified. There are no long waiting lists or periods to sweat out! 

Sign up and get started today; you'll be amazed at what you and your dog can achieve!

Who should study this course?

Individuals who suffer from mental illnesses such as PTSD, Panic Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Abuse, etc., who are in the process of training their own pet dog to become a service dog to deal with their psychiatric disabilities, or who are planning to adopt or pick out a dog and train them to become a psychiatric service dog in the near future.

We generally recommend psychiatric service dogs be owner-trained with professional guidance from our tutor trainer, because psychiatric service dogs need to establish a particular bond with the user to most effectively mitigate disabling symptoms. Being in contact with the dog makes it possible for the dog to learn to recognize (and then respond to) departures from an individual’s baseline emotional or physiological state.


FAQs about Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD)

1. What is Psychiatric Service Dog?

Psychiatric Service Dog is a dog of any breed or size, trained specifically to do work or tasks to assist with a person’s mental health disability, and prepared to behave in public. PSDs are trained to assist in medical crises and provide treatment and security to their owners, including managing anxiety and panic attacks and preventing their handlers from reacting unfavorably in stressful situations. 

2. Who can have a PSD?

To qualify for a service dog, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) are specially trained dogs that help people with psychiatric or mental health problems.

3. What kinds of things do PSDs do to help their handlers?

PSDs can be trained to do a variety of work and tasks to suit the individual needs of the disabled partner. Tasks are intentionally requested by the handler, such as turning on the lights or doing a non-aggressive room sweep. Work is not intentionally requested by the handler, but is available when the dog is cued by the environment or changes in the person's body. One example of work includes alerting to an oncoming panic attack so the handler can take medication or exit the situation. Another work example includes hallucination discernment, where the PSD is trained to non-aggressively react to cues in the environment so the handler can know when what they see is real or a hallucination. Sometimes the line between work and tasks isn't clear, but what's important is the person gets needed help. Some dogs can be trained to guide the handler to a safe location on command (guiding can require independent reactions to the outside world), which can help a person who sometimes becomes cognitively impaired and has difficulty navigating. The types of assistance are as varied as the people who need them!

4. How can I get a PSD?

You can get a PSD from the programs that specialize in training PSD dogs and have the specific requirements they have for applicants, which can be expensive and the waiting lists for a perfect match can be as long as years. 

You can also train your own PSD. If you already have a dog that you want to train to become a service animal, it makes sense financially and in terms of time that you train your own service dog with the help of specific instructions.

5. Hong long will it take to train your own PSD?

Properly training your dog to be a service dog takes about six months to a year, but with the help of SDTSI and our professional trainer tutor, you can usually do it in less time. PSD dogs are trained both privately with the handler he will assist and publicly to ensure he is comfortable and obedient around people.

6. Do PSDs have to be registered, licensed, and vaccinated like pet dogs?

Yes, if the local law requires pet dogs to be licensed and registered, then psychiatric service dogs must be as well. Local law requiring vaccinations for pets also applies to service animals.

7. Are there limitations to where a PSD can go?

Generally, service animals must be allowed to accompany their handlers in all areas that members of the public may go. A handler is entitled to bring their service animal into these areas even if it won’t perform its service during the visit. Service animals may be excluded from certain areas of an otherwise public-serving facility. To learn more, please go to Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA.

On successful completion of this service dog training course, you will

be in possession of a very well-behaved service dog and your dog partner will be Certified as a Service Dog with all the training records and a registered Service Dog ID by SERVICEDOG TRAINING SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL.

To view a sample of the award, please click here.

What Does It Mean To Be Certified?

It means your dog has been trained to perform the work or tasks as a psychiatric service dog.

The primary purpose of certification is to ensure that your dog is fully trained and able to perform psychiatric service dog work and that you, the handler, understand how to lead your Assistance Dog/Service Dog through everyday situations, such as going to a store, a park, a hospital, a care home or any other public place.

I The Definition of Psychiatric Service Dogs

1 - Introduction

2 - Handler’s Job and Responsibilities

II Preparation

3 - Abilities and Limitations of Your Psychiatric Service Dog

4 - Understand Your Dog Partner

5 - Psychiatric Service Dog Candidates

III Obedience Training and Practice

6 - Basic Commands to Teach

7 - Eye Contact Training

8 - Focus Training

9 - Bark Training

10 - Advanced Training Skills

IV Service Dog Tasks For PANIC DISORDER, PTSD, and DEPRESSION

11 - Specialized Training to Mitigate Symptoms

12 - Step-By-Step Training for PTSD

V Screening Evaluation

13 - Psychiatric Tasks List

14 - Public Access Test - Exam For the Team

Final and Certification

What's Included

All study materials

Study and Training Guide

Full Tutor and Admin support

The course fee includes the service dog registration and certification fee (valued at up to $130.00).

About Psychiatric Service Dog Training E-learning Course

Are you dealing with emotional trauma or physical disabilities? Are you looking to train your own service dog to help with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, flashbacks, waking up from nightmares, and much more? Are you afraid of going out alone and would like to have your own service dog assistant accompany you everywhere? Then this is the right course for you! Our online Certified Intensive Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course is developed by the SDTSI team of trusted, experienced behavioral experts, including certified trainers and board-certified veterinary behaviorists. It will help you to achieve small goals that you and your dog can benefit from in a short amount of time and give you an element of your life that you can control. The course is spread over 6 distinct modules, covering everything you need to learn about training a service dog for PTSD, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, and being a service dog handler. 

Joining the Certified Intensive Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course is only a 3-step process: Enroll, Study, and Get Certified. There are no long waiting lists or periods to sweat out! 

Sign up and get started today; you'll be amazed at what you and your dog can achieve!

Who should study this course?

Individuals who suffer from mental illnesses such as PTSD, Panic Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Abuse, etc., who are in the process of training their own pet dog to become a service dog to deal with their psychiatric disabilities, or who are planning to adopt or pick out a dog and train them to become a psychiatric service dog in the near future.

We generally recommend psychiatric service dogs be owner-trained with professional guidance from our tutor trainer, because psychiatric service dogs need to establish a particular bond with the user to most effectively mitigate disabling symptoms. Being in contact with the dog makes it possible for the dog to learn to recognize (and then respond to) departures from an individual’s baseline emotional or physiological state.


FAQs about Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD)

1. What is Psychiatric Service Dog?

Psychiatric Service Dog is a dog of any breed or size, trained specifically to do work or tasks to assist with a person’s mental health disability, and prepared to behave in public. PSDs are trained to assist in medical crises and provide treatment and security to their owners, including managing anxiety and panic attacks and preventing their handlers from reacting unfavorably in stressful situations. 

2. Who can have a PSD?

To qualify for a service dog, an individual must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) are specially trained dogs that help people with psychiatric or mental health problems.

3. What kinds of things do PSDs do to help their handlers?

PSDs can be trained to do a variety of work and tasks to suit the individual needs of the disabled partner. Tasks are intentionally requested by the handler, such as turning on the lights or doing a non-aggressive room sweep. Work is not intentionally requested by the handler, but is available when the dog is cued by the environment or changes in the person's body. One example of work includes alerting to an oncoming panic attack so the handler can take medication or exit the situation. Another work example includes hallucination discernment, where the PSD is trained to non-aggressively react to cues in the environment so the handler can know when what they see is real or a hallucination. Sometimes the line between work and tasks isn't clear, but what's important is the person gets needed help. Some dogs can be trained to guide the handler to a safe location on command (guiding can require independent reactions to the outside world), which can help a person who sometimes becomes cognitively impaired and has difficulty navigating. The types of assistance are as varied as the people who need them!

4. How can I get a PSD?

You can get a PSD from the programs that specialize in training PSD dogs and have the specific requirements they have for applicants, which can be expensive and the waiting lists for a perfect match can be as long as years. 

You can also train your own PSD. If you already have a dog that you want to train to become a service animal, it makes sense financially and in terms of time that you train your own service dog with the help of specific instructions.

5. Hong long will it take to train your own PSD?

Properly training your dog to be a service dog takes about six months to a year, but with the help of SDTSI and our professional trainer tutor, you can usually do it in less time. PSD dogs are trained both privately with the handler he will assist and publicly to ensure he is comfortable and obedient around people.

6. Do PSDs have to be registered, licensed, and vaccinated like pet dogs?

Yes, if the local law requires pet dogs to be licensed and registered, then psychiatric service dogs must be as well. Local law requiring vaccinations for pets also applies to service animals.

7. Are there limitations to where a PSD can go?

Generally, service animals must be allowed to accompany their handlers in all areas that members of the public may go. A handler is entitled to bring their service animal into these areas even if it won’t perform its service during the visit. Service animals may be excluded from certain areas of an otherwise public-serving facility. To learn more, please go to Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA.

On successful completion of this service dog training course, you will

be in possession of a very well-behaved service dog and your dog partner will be Certified as a Service Dog with all the training records and a registered Service Dog ID by SERVICEDOG TRAINING SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL.

To view a sample of the award, please click here.

What Does It Mean To Be Certified?

It means your dog has been trained to perform the work or tasks as a psychiatric service dog.

The primary purpose of certification is to ensure that your dog is fully trained and able to perform psychiatric service dog work and that you, the handler, understand how to lead your Assistance Dog/Service Dog through everyday situations, such as going to a store, a park, a hospital, a care home or any other public place.

I The Definition of Psychiatric Service Dogs

1 - Introduction

2 - Handler’s Job and Responsibilities

II Preparation

3 - Abilities and Limitations of Your Psychiatric Service Dog

4 - Understand Your Dog Partner

5 - Psychiatric Service Dog Candidates

III Obedience Training and Practice

6 - Basic Commands to Teach

7 - Eye Contact Training

8 - Focus Training

9 - Bark Training

10 - Advanced Training Skills

IV Service Dog Tasks For PANIC DISORDER, PTSD, and DEPRESSION

11 - Specialized Training to Mitigate Symptoms

12 - Step-By-Step Training for PTSD

V Screening Evaluation

13 - Psychiatric Tasks List

14 - Public Access Test - Exam For the Team

Final and Certification

What's Included

All study materials

Study and Training Guide

Full Tutor and Admin support

The course fee includes the service dog registration and certification fee (valued at up to $130.00).

No Breed, Size or Weight Restriction

Trained to perform work or task

Behave in public and under control of handler

Animal must be up to date with all vaccinations