Psychiatric Service Dog Training

Training your dog to perform tasks that mitigate the symptoms of psychiatric disabilities. 

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What you'll learn

  • What You Will Learn Icon What psychiatric services dogs are and how they can help.
  • What You Will Learn Icon Commands and tasks that mitigate the symptoms of a psychiatric disability.
  • What You Will Learn Icon Tips and techniques for training a PSD while experiencing psychiatric disability symptoms.
  • What You Will Learn Icon Information about preparing for and taking a public access test.
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Course content

The course covers everything you need to know about what a psychiatric service dog is, what tasks they can perform, and who they can help. It also details how to train specific service tasks, as well as important information about psychiatric disabilities themselves.

Course includes

  • Scheduled Icon 8 lessons
  • Scheduled Icon 9 videos
  • Scheduled Icon 8 exams
  • Scheduled Icon 7hrs 26m time to complete
  • Scheduled Icon Certificate upon completion


  • Requirements IconAccess to a computer, phone or tablet
  • Requirements IconAccess to the internet
  • Requirements IconCollar, harness, or head strap
  • Requirements IconLeash
  • Requirements IconClicker (included)
  • Requirements IconTreats or toys
  • Requirements IconTreat bag


This course has several lessons, each with a progress exam and most with supplemental learning materials, such as videos and illustrations. Upon completion of the course, you will be asked to submit 5 videos of you and your dog performing tasks from the Public Access Test. These will need to be performed in a public setting and will be graded by our team of instructors to ensure you and your dog are in compliance with Service Dog standards. 

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Who this course is for

This course is for those with a psychiatric disability who feel that a psychiatric service dog would be a good treatment option for them. Whether you’re an experienced dog handler with previous training experience, or you’re new to having a canine companion, this course will help you train your dog to perform tasks that minimize your symptoms and help you live a more independent life.

Course reviewed and certified

This course has been reviewed and certified by Dr. Meyer, Psy.D. He certifies that the PSD tasks taught in this class can help effectively mitigate the symptoms of a variety of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, schizophrenia, OCD, social phobias and more.