Psychiatric Service Dogs
About Psychiatric Service Dogs
Who They Help
Psychiatric disabilities can affect anyone from any walk of life. Sometimes they are the result of brain chemistry, other times a result of physical or emotional trauma – or a combination of both. These disabilities can present themselves as anxiety, OCD behaviors, confusion, dissociation, depression, isolation, self-harm, paranoia, and countless others.
What They Do
Our psychiatric service dogs:
- Interrupt panic and anxiety attacks
- Retrieve important objects like medicine
- Provide deep pressure therapy to help their person stay grounded in reality and relieve anxiety
- Getting help when needed
- …and many other tasks
Pepe and Trainer Erich
Learn About the Dogs
Zen and Joe
Zen is originally from Hillsborough County Animal Services in Florida. After training him as a service dog, we Zen paired with his handler, former marine Joe. Zen attends school with Joe. With Zen by his side, Joe is confident and independent and can fully enjoy normal, everyday life.
Pepe and Carolyn
Pepe interrupts Carolyn’s panic episodes by pushing at her hands or getting in her face. He makes sure she feels safe by letting her know if someone is close by. He’s also working on alerting her to her alarm. He has to be persistent because her meds lower her blood pressure.
More about the program
Hearing Alert Dogs
Our hearing alert dogs alert people to sounds to assist with their daily life and keep them safe in emergencies.
Mobility Service Dogs
Mobility dogs give people with a variety of physical disabilities more independence.
Our service dog program gives dogs and people the freedom to be who they are without stereotypes.
Apply for a Service Dog
If you live within a 1-hour driving distance of Dutchess County, New York please click the link to apply.