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What are psychiatric service dogs?

Psychiatric service dogs are amazing helpers and companions for children and adults with mental health issues. They can perform many service tasks such as:

- remind handler to take medication on time
- warm handler’s body during a panic attack
- interrupt repetitive obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviors
- comfort handler during emotional distress
- accompany handler outside of the home
- interrupt dissociative episodes or flashbacks
- protect and safeguard handler during seizure
- provide a safe grounding presence
- interrupt self-harming.

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