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Psychiatric Service Dog Tasks
Updated: Mar 2
Psychiatric service dogs perform task work for their handler that benefits their mental health.
What is a psychiatric service dog?
Psychiatric service dogs are trained to work for individuals with mental or cognitive health issues. They are reserved the same rights as other service dogs who work for people with physical disabilities, and they are not the same as Emotional support dogs.
Tasks they can be trained to perform
The tasks a service dog will perform are specific to their handler's individual needs, however, here are some of the most common :
Deep pressure therapy
Facilitate social interaction
Wake from nightmares
Alert to oncoming episodes
Keep safe during episodes
Light pressure therapy