Getting Started


Are you in the process of picking out a service dog, and want to learn about choosing the right dog? Been wondering “How do I train a service dog?”, want to know about picking a service dog breeder, or about keeping a service dog training log?

You’ve come to the right place! The following pages each contain an article helpful for those who might want to get and train a promising service dog prospect.

Remember the most valuable resource for all stages of your service dog journey is our free support listserv. PSDP’s peer community and these resources are a powerful one-two combo to help you do things right and avoid long-lasting heartache when picking out a service dog and starting its training.

 

“The D-word”

In an article originating in 2006, Dr. Veronica Morris shares how she and her family finally came to terms with her psychiatric disabilities—and how they learned to embrace her use of a service dog to regain her life.

Steps to Become a Service Dog User

Dr. Veronica Morris shares her succinct breakdown of the path for a person with a disability to become a service dog user.

Choosing the Right Dog

Dr. Veronica Morris analyzes how to optimize picking out a service dog prospect in this essential and thorough article. This is a must-read to make an educated decision in a choice that will affect you for years!

How to Pick a Breeder of a Prospective Service Dog

Community member Julia Markham, RPh explains how to find and evaluate potential breeders of a dog capable of being your service dog prospect. This peer resource on picking out a service dog breeder is adapted from one of her posts to the support listserv.

How to Pick a Puppy Service Dog Prospect

If you decide to get a puppy in hopes of training it to be a service dog, community member Tracey Martin shares her experience about the process of picking a particular puppy. This peer resource on picking out a service dog puppy prospect is adapted from her recurring post to the support listserv.

How to Pick an Adult Service Dog Prospect

If you decide to get an adult dog in hopes of training it to be a service dog, community member Tracey Martin shares her experience about the process of picking a particular dog. This peer resource on picking out a service dog adult prospect is adapted from her recurring post to the support listserv.

Training Logs

Find sample training logs, blank training logs, and why it’s so important to keep a training log on this page.

Responsible Service Dog Handling

The only kind of service dog handler to be is a responsible service dog handler! Learn and incorporate Dr. Veronica Morris’s principles of respect to become a praiseworthy example of a service dog team.

10 Traits of Successful Psychiatric Service Dog Users

This brief article by Brad Morris highlights the histories and personality traits common to people who do well using a psychiatric service dog to mitigate their disability. Do these traits sound familiar?