Psychiatric Service Dog Convention


Four service dog users joyfully smile at the camera as they sit on rocking chairs outside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

The convention is a place for friends, old and new.

The annual Psychiatric Service Dog Partners convention is an event where people with mental health disabilities can learn more about working with their service dogs, have public access training and testing, and celebrate the freedom of going out and having fun with other service dog teams.

Learn about past and future service dog conventions below.

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2020 Convention

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2019 Convention

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2018 Convention

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2017 Convention

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2016 Convention

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2015 Convention

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2014 Convention

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Are you interested in helping make this magical experience happen? Contribute through our donation station, or if you’re able, sponsor our convention and get some well-deserved recognition.

What convention-goers had to say in an anonymous convention survey…

“The conventions had an excellent balance between outside experts and community circles.”

“I loved how open and honest everyone was – and non judgmental”

“Loved the convention and people.”

“Thanks committee members for making it a great convention!”

“I wish we could have one twice a year.”

“I can’t wait for the next one!”

“It was great!”

“It was super awesome!”

“Bravo to the organizers! It’s clear that you’re experienced and know what you’re doing. Thank you so much for the best part of my year!”

Sixteen people and almost as many dogs pose in two rows in a panaramic view of smiling convention-goers.

Our PSDP family has come a long way since this 2014 convention photo. Come see what “family of choice” is all about!