What are example tasks that PSDs can be trained on?

Psychiatric service dogs help their users cope with a wide variety of needs. Service dog “tasks” include any action the dog will do for you when you tell it to, whether that’s bringing you a bottle of water, opening a door, or turning on a light. It is truly amazing how many different types of help dogs can give you when properly trained.

PSD “work”, on the other hand, are the actions a psychiatric service dog learns to do on its own when it senses you need specific help. In addition to the examples above, those can include touching or making eye contact when it senses you need to be distracted from your thoughts, leading you away from situations and guiding you home if you become disassociated and confused about where you are, or keeping a “safe zone” between you and other people.

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