Psychiatric Service Dogs

 
Our psychiatric service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler's disability. Training to mitigate a psychiatric disability may include providing environmental assessments, signaling behaviors such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behaviors, reminding the owner to take medication, retrieving objects, guiding the owner from stressful situations, or acting as a brace if the owner becomes dizzy.

Psychiatric Dogs are trained to:
• Assistance in a medical crisis
• Provide treatment related assistance
• Assistance in coping with emotional overload

What makes a good service dog?

Selecting


We start by doing puppy imprinting at a very early age. The first contact puppies make with humans is made to be extremely positive. We clicker condition the puppies from when they are newborns. This helps a puppy develop positive fundamental associations with training tools and methods, helping the process when the puppy enters formal training.
We start to monitor temperament at an early age, and we pick the soft temperament that we believe will work well in our services. They are then exposed to a variety of external stimulation like loud busy streets, crowded rooms, cities, buildings, machines and tools, etc.

Training


We start to build positive associations with every command. We start with basic obedience training and progress into advanced off-leash training. We teach the dog to perform the tasks with the person who is going to need them for their disability, and we generalize it to numerous people to ensure the training can be transferred to the final owner.

Delivery


We meet the owners on numerous visits before we introduce the dog to begin training. This allows us to see the environment and begin training with the owner while we finalize the training for the dog. Then we perform training with the owner and the dog together, assisting and guiding the new owner in the proper way to utilize and bond with the dog.

Good Dogs Inc
We changed our location! Now we are working in the Reston, Virginia area. Come and join our therapy and puppy classes. Learn to train your dog and build up a great relationship with them. Contact information: ‭1 (704) 402-9725‬ / info@gooddogs.com