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Psychiatric Service Dog - January 5th 2013, 07:06 AM

I have depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. Even though I am on medication, I still have some symptoms. I find a safe person to help me with my anxiety but people don't always get the cue that I am in distress and there isn't always some who is going to help me. So when I get a dog,I am going to train it to be my psychiatric service dog. If anyone had experiences and tell me how you got it, it you can help that would be great!
   
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Re: Psychiatric Service Dog - January 5th 2013, 06:09 PM

I'm not very familiar with psychiatric service dogs, but from what I understand you can't just get a dog and train it yourself. Like other kinds of service dogs you have to go through an organization that trains dogs for this kind of work and you'll need documentation from a psychological professional explaining your official diagnosis and why/how a service dog is necessary. Once you're approved you'll be matched with a dog and then finish the specific training. Since you're in Canada, I'll direct you to this organization for more information:

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Re: Psychiatric Service Dog - January 5th 2013, 10:36 PM

If I remember correctly you posted a fairly similar thread last summer to which I replied, if you search your own posts and view my reply in that thread it's a good add-on to what Katie has already said.
All in all, I agree with Katie. You can't just get a dog and train it as a service dogs. Service dogs go through quite a long selection and training process before they are suitable to be paired with a person. While you can get a dog, form a bond, and it may pick up on some of the cues you're talking about and be able to help you in some ways, it will not compare to the help a service dog is able to provide nor will you be able to bring said dog to the same places where you can bring a service dog (inside malls, public facilities, etc.) thus somewhat defeating the purpose.

The link Katie provided you is the same link I provided you with in summer, I suggest you take a look at it as it has a wealth of information that will probably help you in your quest for a service animal.


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