What is Psychiatric Service Dog?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


See also: Service Dog

A psychiatric service dog is a specific type of service dog trained to assist their handler with a psychiatric disability, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia. Although assistance dogs classically help with physical disabilities, there are a wide range of psychiatric issues that an assistance dog may be able to help with as well.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 6 4
Depressed mood 6 4
Major depressive disorder 3 4
Post-traumatic stress disorder 3 3
Fear of public or open places (agoraphobia) 2 1

Show all 19 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psychiatric Service Dog

Side effect Patients


Based on patients currently using Psychiatric Service Dog

Dosage Patients
daily 5

Why patients stopped taking Psychiatric Service Dog

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Psychiatric Service Dog


Currently using Psychiatric Service Dog

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4

Stopped using Psychiatric Service Dog

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 6
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Psychiatric Service Dog.