When it comes to training a service dog you basically have 3 options which are listed below;
Self Training. According to the American Disability Act and the requirements of the Department of Transportation, the law permits owners to self-train their service animals. Psychiatric Service Dog tasks are some of the easiest tasks to train your service dog to perform for your psychiatric needs. The first step would be to pass General Public Access Test, this will ensure good manners and behavior in your PSD whenever you’re in a public place. However, many who require the services of a Psychiatric Service Dog understandably may not have the time, energy, or desire to research training methods and best practices specific to PSDs in order to best teach their new assistance animal. Fortunately, there are other options available.
Purchasing from a Service Dog Organization. There are many organizations through which individuals can request a service dog. An animal from one of these service dog organizations will have already received extensive training and will be ready to assist you as soon as you bring your PSD home. However, the average cost of an animal from such an organization can range from $15,000-$30,000.
Working with a Professional Dog Trainer. This is the most popular option and cost effective also. A service dog trainer brings years of experience and knowledge about animal behavior to the table and can quickly train your dog and teach handler how to train service dog when not in class. The trainer will help determine the tasks handler requires service dog to perform and pass the General Public Access Test guidelines. This type of formal and structured training is ideal, considering that the Department of Transportation (DOT) permits airlines the right to ask PSD owners to submit a certification form before departure that includes proof that their PSD has been trained to assist with a disability and is capable of good behavior on a flight.
Service Animals and Psychiatric Service Dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, psychiatric service dogs are entitled to the same federally protected rights as service animals. Psychiatric Service Dogs are granted the same public access rights as service animals where pets or emotional support animals are not allowed. These rights also extend to travel privileges in airline cabins without owners having to pay extra fees as well as fair accommodation in housing–even if the property has a ‘no pets’ policy.
In order to meet this standard your psychiatric service dog must be suitably trained.
This is because the Department of Transportation allows airlines to require forms attesting to a service animal’s behavior and training before the service dog is cleared to board a flight. The DOT also allows airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior.
The training required for a Psychiatric Service Dog serves two purposes: it ensures your service animal displays good manners at all times while in public places, and it also ensures that your service animal is able to perform a specific task or type of work that is directly related to your mental or emotional disability (a requirement for all PSDs).
There are two components of an effective training regimen for psychiatric service dogs:
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