This group is very knowledgeable and helpful for those just learning to live with their disabilities or even for those wanting to learn new things available
I am on my second owner trained service dog and this group has helped me, encouraged me and supported me thru my decision to do so.
I started with " just" mental disabilities, which include Depression, GAD and PTSD. I can now add Chronic Migraines, Fibromyalgia and unspecified nerve issues
This group focuses on psychiatric issues but is a great resource for the entire disabled community
Really good people. Excellent source of information. Totally trustworthy. Highly recommended.
I found this group when I realized I was going to have to train my own service dog. They have been extremely helpful with training tips and discussion about unexpected things that happen when out. There is no way I could train a service dog on my own. But with the help of this group and a trainer, my dog and I have really come a long way!
PSDP and my SD(s) have saved my life. I am on my third service dog and have been with The organization since its beginning. I love being a part of the PSDP community. Even as an experienced handler, I still learn and grow more everyday. It's hard for me to make friends, but I consider everyone on the Listserv my friend, and that's a lot of wonderful people! Before my SD, I couldn't even go to the grocery store. Now I travel and go on wonderful adventures with my SD by my side. Thank you PSDP for helping me get my life back!
I found this group through(of all places) Facebook. The information they give is amazing. I have also been having ups & down & participating in the email list has been extremely helpful. I also went to their convention(a major win for me). The people were wonderful, understanding & I had a great time. It is nice to be with friends that understand the issues that I have.
I don't remember exactly how I stumbled across Psychiatric Service Dog Partners, but I'm sure it while I was researching stuff about connecting the dots between a T.B.I, P.T.S.D., and training my own Service-dog, in 2014.
Suffice it to say P.S.D.P. was, and continues to be, a great resource on educating myself about what the American's with Disabilities Act has to say about Psychiatric Service-Dogs, the law both federal and in my home state, and just as important MY responsibilities as the leader of my Service-Dog team.
Veronica was also helpful pointing me towards some YouTube videos that were indispensable in helping me to train Tanka, and to dispel some unreasonable expectations I had, about exactly how a Service-Dog should do it's job.
In my mind Tanka would have to just about be able to balance on a beach-ball, while juggling my car-keys and cell-phone, AND be able to tell me when a cyclone was about to hit! (I know, I'm a bit nuts in my expectations!)
Tanka has become a very well trained, and useful tool in alleviating some of my P.T.S.D. symptoms while out in public, especially shopping.......or going to bok-kai festival, hiking, the fair, post office.......and he does his job void of a beach-ball!
Thanks Veronica, and everyone over at P.S.D.P. for working on my behalf, to improve the standard of living for those of us suffering psychiatric-illness, and using a Service-Dog as a healing tool.
PSDP is a life saver. Without the help in understanding the laws, training, etiquette and more, about owner trained service dogs there would be many many people who would be completely alone in the process. Luckily PSDP can help all of these people through the whole process of learning and training and becoming not only a successful service dog user but also help them become healthier and happier and more successful human beings because of the work our dogs do for us!
Psychiatric Service Dog Partners is a wonderful, grassroots, organization dedicate to advocacy, education and support of those of us living with mental illness and using a service dog to mitigate our disabilities.
One thing I most respect about this organization is their dedication to accuracy and knowing the laws that support the use of psychiatric service dogs. There are a lot of websites out there that tell people what they want to hear, simply to make a sale. In many instances, the items they sell ARE NOT REQUIRED in any way. PSDP stands above the rest and I always know that the information I get from their site is factual.
I reviewed these guys last year, but since I am now only a few weeks away from picking up my first ever service dog in training wanted to rave on them again. Everyone has been so wonderfully supportive, caring and giving of their time as I anxiously walk through the process. From training tips to input on suitable vests, collars, leashes, and patches they have been extremely patient and more than helpful in allaying my fears. I highly recommend them as the go to site for support and accurate up to date information regarding psychiatric service dogs.
I found PSDP when I was in a very dark place. I had lost my career, my home and much of my hope. I had decided that I would pursue using a service dog to help me in my recovery. I found PSDP by accident and am extremely glad I did so. I have been a member of the online support group since this spring and have found the level of wisdom, courage and support shared among members invaluable. I also serve on the board of our local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and recently gave a talk on psychiatric service dogs at our monthly meeting. I drew heavily from the information on the PSDP webpage as well as the stories of hope and recovery members of the support group were willing to share. To me PSDP is an integral part of the light that brings me hope especially during my darkest days.
My service dog partner has been an incredible assistance to my life. I'm in my 30's and had not been able to live alone since my diagnosis at 21. I wanted to do a masters program, but I had to go away alone, and I knew I'd need more help to live independently, so I started looking for a service dog. I found absolutely no support in my local region, and all training agencies told me specifically that due to capacity reasons, they don't train for mental health conditions.
I found an independent trainer who was willing to work with us on this project, and we did our best.
When I found psych service dog partners, a lot changed for me. I have learned about how to fine tune my training, how to be respectful of others in public spaces, and many other dog related issues.
I have also found a community of people, for the first time in my life, that understands and supports me. Through the listserv, there are always people available to share my frustrations at being disabled, to listen to, to talk to. This has meant more to me than I can say.