• Training Your Own Psychiatric Service Dog

  • Step-by-Step Guide to an Obedient Psychiatric Service Dog
  • By: Max Matthews
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Hughey
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you suffering from PTSD?

Do you find it hard to go outside your home and do the things you have missed and loved doing in the past?

Have you been dealing with anxiety and panic attacks which leave you confined to your home?

These are just a few of many possible reasons that might prevent you from being able to leave your home and live the life you wish to have. And which is why you may consider all the benefits of having a psychiatric service dog to be your companion and helper. Training your dog yourself will save money and also guarantee a bond that will never waiver. 

This book is designed to tell you how you can accomplish your dreams by owning a psychiatric service dog and how you can train it yourself without having to pay someone an exorbitant amount of money to train the dog for you. Dogs can be great companions, and once they are trained to help you with your disabilities, you can experience more joy and fun in your life without having to worry about your medical conditions preventing you from doing the things you love to do. 

This book provides critical information, including:

  • How to select the breed and type of dog best suited for your needs
  • How to train a dog for specific tasks
  • Housing laws that govern where you and your service dog may live
  • The basics of insurance and wellness care for your dog
  • Which harness or collar is right for your training methods
  • What is expected from a service animal when in public access areas
  • The differences between training an adult dog or a puppy
  • The difference in obtaining a shelter dog versus a pedigree
  • And a lot more! 

So, if you are ready to get started training your own psychiatric service dog and totally transform your life, then buy this audiobook today!

©2018 Max Matthews (P)2018 Max Matthews

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Perfect Training Book for Starting a Service Dog

This audible book makes a very strong case on the qualities to look for in selecting a service dog prospect. Instructions are to the point and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone even if you're not training a service dog it will make your dog a better companion for every day living. I was looking to get a service dog for my son, when I came upon this book. It had so many good reviews that I chose this one, after reading it through, I can say that I am confident that the techniques in this book will help me to train our dog for my sons needs, as she is pretty well already in tune to him as is. Thank you for sharing this information.

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A good primer yet needs improvement

Overall, I found this book to be a basic selection and training guide for dogs in general loosely -- and often ill fittingly -- adapted for psychiatric/psychological service work. The author guides readers/listeners through only a handful of tasks which he applies to a variety of different diagnoses. I was unimpressed with his apparently lay -- and regularly oversimplified to the level of being inaccurate -- descriptions of specific diagnoses. The author does provide a fairly well thought out discussion on housing laws, insurance and wellness, the pros and cons of different collars and harnesses, and behavioral expectations of service dogs in public spaces. If you're a consumer without a background in psychology or dog training who is looking for a primer on service dogs then this book is a good place to start your journey; just keep in mind that the author is a dog trainer and not a mental health professional.

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Nicely written on training your own service dog!

This book is great. It has clear explanations and lots of great tips and tools for training and free shaping desired behaviors. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a service dog but also for anyone who has wanted a better trained dog.Works really well. I'm on my second book from this writer on how to train a psychiatric service dog. Highly recommended!

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Excellent!!! Highly recommend this audiobook!!!

This audiobook is informative, positive, and effective. And also very easy to comprehend/understand. My relationship with my dog is better than ever and I recommend this audiobook to anyone who suffers from a psychiatric condition. I’m so happy and grateful I found this audiobook! Thank you so much to the author Max Matthews!!!

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Great guide for training your service dog!

I suffer from a few ailments/conditions that fall under the heading of psychiatric needs: I'm agorophobic, enochlophobic, OCD, among other issues. I really wanted a dog both as a loving companion, but also one that would help me go out into the world and feel safe, and also at home! This has really, really helped. It's easy to understand and implement, and I'm grateful to have found this audiobook!

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This book provides multiple strategies

I would operate in imitation of such waft on the conversation. This audiobook affords very much arranged audio information over the nearly capable approach to actually petition the procedures,

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Good Legal Info, Oversimplification of Training Needs

Good info re: qualifications/tasks for service dogs and ADA rules. Over simplification of training needs and illustrated to me, why people who need a service dog should work with a reputable trainer/organization

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Confirmation!

I believe I first noticed mild depression in my late teens. I self medicated with Marijuana and finally was admitted to the hospital for major depression. I hated the medication and didn't want to go back to self-medication so I talked to a psychiatrist about a Service Dog. That one thought I was better off than I presented and said, "Why don't you just get a dog? ". I struggled to just be normal and had a breakdown. Didn't want medication and I found a dog. She had basic training and not a typical Service Dog breed, American Akita. Her natural characteristics though made her perfect for me. She can smell when I am producing adrenalin and nudges me and licks my hand to alert and confirm for herself by taste.

My dog has given me back years! She is attentive, natural trait, and well received by society at large because of her training and beauty.

This book helps by increasing our bond without trainers. Thank you!

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easy to understand

this was a good book to help understand training and more important about breeds and types of dog to use

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Insightful tips and tricks with easy to follow

Loved listening to this audiobook. Full of insightful tips and tricks with easy to follow instructions

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  • Richard Krajewski
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Lessons learned from this book

I learned what I will require for my psychiatric service dog and how to train him to meet these requirements.