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Providing Psychiatric Service Dogs and Empowering Communities


The Exceptional Sidekick’s Mission

“Providing psychiatric service dogs to disabled teens and young adults, empowering handlers to complete their education, opening up their world to the life they want to live”

Service Dogs are specifically trained to perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s psychiatric disability as defined by the ADA. Our clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. These exceptional sidekicks empower their 12-22-year-old handlers and put their independence within reach. The Exceptional Sidekick is breaking through the stigma of mental illness. We maintain our unwavering belief that clients should not have a limited education or quality of life due to a psychiatric disability that can be mitigated with a service dog. Our program actively collaborates with our community to raise and train these exceptional sidekicks and create a long-term network of support for our handlers. Learn more about us.

We have a growing playlist of educational, fun, and interactive videos to help you learn more about service dogs. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our latest additions. Please share with your friends and family to help break the stigma of mental illness and spread awareness.

Some of our most popular topics:
– What is a Psychiatric Service Dog?
– Puppy Raiser Q&A
– The Dog Days of Summer
– Exceptional Sidekick Skills Training
– Puppy Updates … and so much more!
Check back frequently, for the latest additions to our library!

In this video, learn about our programs and what some of our clients have to say about being a part of this exceptional family.

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