Psychiatric Service Dog at work. Brandy, a Psychiatric Service Dog and her new owner, Dawson for the first time in public. Canines 4 Hope Service Dog Training trained Brandy, a Golden Retriever,
to be a Psychiatric Service Dog to meet the special needs of her new owner.
Psychiatric Service Dogs are specially trained dogs that help people with psychiatric or mental health problems. A Psychiatric Service Dog can help the owner manage anxiety attacks and panic attacks helping to relieve the symptoms through contact. Psychiatric Service Dogs can alert an individual with obsessive-compulsive behaviors by "pawing" and distracting them from the unfavorable behavior.
Psychiatric Service Dogs help with psychiatric conditions such as:
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Severe Depression
• Panic Attacks
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Psychiatric Service Dog Training
Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler's disability. Training to mitigate a psychiatric disability may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behaviors), reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects, guiding the handler form stressful situation , or acting as a brace if the handler becomes dizzy.
Psychiatric Dogs are trained to:
• Assistance in a medical crisis
• Provide treatment related assistance
• Assistance in coping with emotional overload
• Perform security enhancement tasks
Psychiatric service dogs may be any breed or size suitable for public work. Some psychiatric service dogs are trained by the the person who will become the handler - usually with the help of a professional trainer by assistance or service dog programs.
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