Our mission statement
The PSD Academy & Registry teaches trainers how to properly and effectively task train service dogs
and teach individuals how to train their own service dogs. We intend to provide individuals that
would benefit from a service dog the necessary help and resources to have a well trained service dog.
Our goal is to produce the highest quality service dog trainers and service dogs. We also strive to
raise awareness about the need and effectiveness of psychiatric service dogs and the difference
between psychiatric service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs. Not all disabilities are
visible but they are equally as important as the ones that are. Not only are we a training resource
for trainers, training companies, non-profit service dog groups, and individuals, but we also act as
a support system that is here to serve you and your service dog needs.
We teach dog trainers how to train psychiatric, mobility, and neurological service dog tasks for
those individuals that are in need of a service dog. All dogs that we register have been trained by
their owner and an experienced Psychiatric Service Dog Registry trainer. We ensure that each dog has
been fully trained to perform legitimate service tasks for the specific individual needing the service
dog. On top of being service task trained, each dog must pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test above
the minimum qualifications, PSD Academy & Registry's advanced obedience, as well as the Public Access
Test. We train all our clients dogs in their service tasks, AKC CGC, advanced obedience, and public
Why is this needed?
Keep in mind that A CERTIFICATION IS NOT REQUIRED to have a service dog.
Any organization or company that tells you that your dog needs to be
"registered" or "certified" is very mistaken. With that being said, it
is neccessary for the individual to have a legitimate disability and
for the dog to be service task trained. An emotional support dog does
not qualify as a psychiatric service dog. An emotional support dog is
a dog that does not perform tasks specific to their owners disability
but instead provides emotional support simply by being with their owner.
We understand that simply having a dog with you can be comforting;
however, the ADA Laws regarding service animals must be followed.
A certification with PSD Academy first and foremost provides training.
We teach individuals with previous dog training experience about
psychiatric conditions and their symptoms, service dog specific obedience,
psychiatric service dog tasks, and how to assist their owners with their
training needs. There are many dog trainers all over the country. However,
there are very few dog trainers that are knowledgeable and/or experienced
in psychiatric conditions and psychiatric service dog tasks. In relation
to seeing eye dogs and other types of service dogs, psychiatric service
dogs are still very new but steadily becoming more well known. We have
been training dogs in psychiatric service tasks and teaching their owners
how to task train for 10 years, and for many psychiatric conditions such
as PTSD, depression, anxiety disorder, bi-polar disorder, autism, etc.
However, not until recently were psychiatric service dogs recognized as
service dogs. This has been such a wonderful breakthrough in the mental
We have a true understanding of the symptoms that come with these
conditions as many of the conditions have been a part of our entire
personal and professional lives. Our personal and professional experiences
are why we have been so successful with the people that we have helped.
We plan to pass along that understanding as well as the knowledge required
to be successful in training a psychiatric service dog.
It is highly recommended that each individual train their own service dog
with the assistance of a professional trainer that is knowledgeable in
psychiatric service dogs. No one can identically simulate your psychiatric
symptoms as they are unique to each individual. For example, if three
people suffer from nightmares due to PTSD, all three people may behave
differently during their nightmares. One dog may need to react to
thrashing, the next to shaking, and the last to screaming. That is
something you want to keep in mind when considering where to start in your
journey to psychiatric service dog ownership. The purpose of a
professional trainer is to help you achieve you training goals efficiently
and successfully. Upon completion of your and your dog's training program
we provide you with ID cards, not because they are neccessary, but because
many people like to have them. If you request, your dog's picture and PSD
Registry ID number will be posted on the "registered dogs" page. We do not
release anyone's personal information as you can see if you visit the
"registered dog's" page. We are always available for questions,
troubleshooting, continued education, and anything else you or your
service dog need. Just because your dog's training is complete does not
mean that your support is. The PSD Academy backs all of our trainers and
provides an open line of communication between you, your trainer, and us
Through the PSD Academy, you can begin you journey in training your
psychiatric service dog or learn to be a successful psychiatric service
dog trainer today. We will help you step-by-step with your needs and goals.
If you are a trainer that wants to learn to train psychiatric service dogs,
please visit the "service dog college" page. If you are in need of locating
a psychiatric service dog trainer in your area, please visit the "find a