How to Register Your Dog as a Psychiatric Service Dog
Do you have psychological or emotional disorder that make it difficult to live a normal life? If so, you may qualify for a Psychiatric Service Dog. To learn how to register your dog as a Psychiatric Service Dog, keep reading.
A Psychiatric Service Dog is a type of Service Dog trained to do specific tasks for the individual with a mental or emotional disability. This can include waking up their handler, alerting the handler that a panic attack is coming, and calming their handler when they are experiencing distress.
Based on your personal condition and your disability, you may be able to train and use your current pet as your Psychiatric Service Dog.
In this article, we will review the tasks and training required for your Psychiatric Service Dog, as well as the registration process. Below is a summary of how to register your Psychiatric Service Dog:
How to Register your Psychiatric Service Dog
- Step 1 – Behavior Check
A Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) is a type of service animal and is held to the same standards as other service dogs. Not all dogs have the proper temperament to become a PSD. Make sure your PSD is well mannered and in your control at all times.
- Step 2 – Training
Training is essential. Train your dog to provide a service for your mental or emotional disability. Follow this link for tips on how you can train your service dog.
- Step 3 – Registration
Register your Psychiatric Service Dog on Service Dog Certifications. Registering your service dog is not federally mandated and should only be done if you deem it necessary. Especially PSD handlers with invisible disabilities may prefer to carry a Psychiatric Service Dog Identification Card to clearly signal their animal is a Service Dog. It may avoid confrontations and discrimination.
- Step 4 – Practice
After you receive your identification card, certificate, and/or vest. Practice informing your friends and family that your animal is a service dog, not a pet. If your service dog is not used to wearing a vest, have them wear it around the house or at the park, so they become accustomed. Once you feel comfortable, try going out in public and see how you do. It’s okay to go slow.
Registering Your Psychiatric Service Dog
Registering your psychiatric service dog can provide a layer of privacy and protection when out in public. The identification card and vest signal to others that your animal is a medical device and should be by your side at all times.
Although it is not a legal requirement, registering your Service Dog can eliminate any confusion you may have in public places.
In addition, although not legally required, you may want to have a letter from your doctor stating your disability and a note from your veterinarian stating your dog is in good health. With this documentation handy, you can feel more confident and calm.
Another option available to you is to register your Psychiatric Service Dog online. You can do this by completing a form, uploading your dog’s picture, and paying a fee. Once your dog is registered, you will be provided with identification in the form of a vest for your dog, a certificate, and an ID card.
Get a Psychiatric Service Dog and Live Your Life
If you have a mental or emotional disability and believe a Psychiatric Service Dog may help you, start the process today. Whether you purchase a dog that has already been trained or you have trained your dog yourself, having a canine supporter can help you live a fulfilling life again.