Want to know the difference between a psychiatric service dog and an emotional support animal (or even more distinct, a psychiatric service dog vs. a therapy dog)? Maybe you want to understand the ADA rights of businesses, or the ADA rights of service dog handlers—including how you can owner-train your dog to mitigate your disability. You’ve come to the right place!

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Community members invite you to learn more!

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This is the place for answers to your questions about service dogs and psychiatric service dogs. Set yourself up for success: Those with disabilities can learn how to use your unique criteria to pick the best breed and individual as a service dog prospect. Family, friends, and the public can learn the basics about service dogs. Professionals can find targeted resources and expert consultation available to address your specific situation.

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Find the solution you’re looking for by exploring our extensive and ever-growing information trove. If you might be on a journey toward becoming a psychiatric service dog user, before you take another step on this path we strongly urge you to first consider whether a service dog is the right long-term commitment for your needs, and if your answer is at least “maybe”, then look into how our free peer guidance group might work for you as a priceless source of tailored advice and convenient community.

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Discover why we’re considered authoritative and incredibly helpful by delving or dipping into the navigation bar topics anchored atop every page, or choose a popular page from the “Month’s most-viewed pages” sidebar to see what’s been clicking with others. If you’re socially savvy, follow psychiatric service dog developments through our tiny social media icons at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us—we love hearing from you!


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Mission Statement: promote the mental health of people using a psychiatric service dog

Psychiatric Service Dog Partners (PSDP) is a US-based nonprofit that works toward its mission internationally by advancing the public information on this website, hosting a private online peer guidance group, holding an annual convention for PSD handlers, fairly advocating for wisely-considered and experience-driven laws and policies, expertly consulting with other parties (attorneys, businesses, medical facility administrators, policymakers, et al.), and making presentations and media appearances.
PSDP does not provide dogs, train dogs, or certify service dog teams. Our job is to help you minimize mistakes and maximize successes when it comes to psychiatric service dogs, so please consider our resources as early as possible. We are an all-volunteer group run by people with disabilities; we rely on passion and public support to provide our resources at cost or free of charge.
Non-discrimination policy:
PSDP does ​its best not to unjustly discriminate on the basis of
veteran status, military status, race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, political ideology, religion, religious affiliation, creed, age, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, family status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, or whether you prefer the term “service dog” or “assistance dog”! We genuinely strive to create environments that are safe, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming for all who can be a part of and benefit from them.​


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