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Psychiatric Service Dog - August 30th 2012, 07:13 AM

I have depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. I am looking into getting a Psychiatric Service Dog, any advice and experiences?
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Re: Psychiatric Service Dog - August 30th 2012, 07:02 PM

While I have no advice or experience because I don't completely agree with psychiatric service animals, I'll try to help you.
You can visit the website for the Canadian Service Dog Foundation and poke around for some information. I could not get the section on acquiring a service dog to work but the site is still a good source of info.
K9 Helpers is another website with some information.

However, when you want to actually apply you'll need to find an organization that caters to your specific area.

They'll want to make sure you can afford a service dog, and if you don't that you have the means to get the money (a loan, friends, family, funding)
Most organizations have a minimum age, usually 16.
You usually have to have been in treatment for at least 2 years, can show you would benefit from a service dog, and can take care of one.
They'll always want to do an interview with you first, and you'll have to fill out some forms.
There is always more people applying for dogs than the amount of dogs that are available. You may not get a dog this year, or next year, the important thing is that you keep trying.

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