A Psychiatric Service Dog is specifically trained to assist their handler with a disability as defined by the ADA such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. These exceptional dogs are individually trained to do work and perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability.
Psychiatric service dog tasks vary to mitigate specific disability needs. Here are a few examples:
Deep Pressure Therapy
prevent or recover from panic attacks.
licking or pawing can ground handler in extreme distress.
creates more space for their handler.
Interruption of Self Harming
by licking, pawing, or barking.
Guide Work and Mobility
helps with disassociating, during panic attacks, and when disoriented.
The Exceptional Sidekick does not train balance dogs, seizure alert dogs, or guide dogs for the blind. We are only accepting applications for Psychiatric Service Dogs at this time. Once those needs are met we will accept applications for other disabilities.