Learning about Psychiatric Service Dogs
(to learn more about service dogs, and more specifically the tasks psychiatric service dogs can do, please go to the service dog page and it will have a more detailed explanation)
I first started learning about service dogs as a teen. I babysat for a mother who was blind, and then slowly through out my teens I started hearing about stories of all kinds of different dogs doing amazing things for their owners and I really wanted one of these “special” dogs. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I came across a magazine article in the Open magazine that I realized that dogs can be trained to help people with mental health issues. The article was about K9-Helpers, a unique non-profit organization that trains dog specifically for each individual needing a service dog. That’s when the spark happened. But I didn’t do much about it, although I did keep the magazine to remind me what I was after.
It wasn’t until I was walking through the mall that I saw a display and Sue Alexander, (the head trainer) with her service dog and the deminstration of how a dog can aid someone with anxiety issues. I signed up to be a volunteer, and now I help them out when I am able. I was very eager, and still am eager to learn as much as I can about service dogs.
And now here I am about a year or so later, working towards my own service dog! WOOHOO! I am very excited about this opportunity to help myself out!
Right now I am going about this site trying to figure out how to best make if flow, and to put a lot of the resources down, one to help myself, but also so others have information to go through. I am still doing things on my own like reading books, and dog walking and doing a few other things to prepare myself.
Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see here, as I am always open for feedback, and I am learning as I go!!