How to Get a Service Dog | The Process of Getting a SERVICE DOG in 2021

How to Get a Service Dog | The Process of Getting a SERVICE DOG in 2021

Service dogs can be an AMAZING treatment option so in this video I’ll be telling you everything you need to know about how to get a service dog and the process of getting one in 2021!
If you are thinking of getting a service dog, this video is for you. I will be going into full detail on the entire process of getting a service dog so you will know what to do when looking into a service dog as a treatment plan. I will be telling you where to start in this whole process, how to pick a dog to be your service dog, how to start training your service dog, and much more!
Please remember that a vest does not make your dog a service dog. Training, time, and dedication makes one.

Princeton is a psychiatric standard poodle service dog who helps me, Julia, live life as independently as possible.
I am diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). My goal for this channel is to post fun but informative content, and document Princeton and I’s journey. We hope you stick around!

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  1. Katherine Hernandez on May 22, 2022 at 12:27 am

    I been diagnosed with depression and anxiety ever since I was in 6 grade and I have polycythemia I hope I can talk to my therapist about this

  2. Breanna Notestine on May 22, 2022 at 12:28 am

    I’m getting a husky I’m an esthetician so a lot of people walking etc and I really want that high drive good sense of smell able to be busy dog

  3. Phoebe Siems on May 22, 2022 at 12:29 am

    i was just diagnosed with autism and ptsd and feel that a service dog would be really good for me but i don’t know who to ask about it. i think the psychologist who diagnosed me was for that only, the diagnosis. and my psychiatrist is awful and was dead set on me not being autistic in the first place so i don’t know if he’d be on my side there and approve it…

    i have a very hard time catching my own meltdowns and sensory overload until it’s too late and then i either break down, try to harm myself (usually to leave a situation), or burn out really bad and end up sick for days. having a service dog who could catch the early signs of meltdowns and sensory overload would improve my life so much!!

  4. CandyCreates on May 22, 2022 at 12:32 am

    i recently just got approved by my doctor to get a service dog! im so happy but have no idea where to start thank you for think links!

  5. Lina Denson on May 22, 2022 at 12:33 am

    My doctor/hospital does not provide approvals for getting a service dog. I am disabled, but they said that Kaiser doesn’t provide them because it is a liability. What do you do when your own doctor won’t be proactive in that essential step?

  6. :C C: on May 22, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Is autism a good enough reason to get a service dog?
    I definitely feel like it would help me a lot with certain things (I also have ocd so I have self destructive compulsions that a dog might be able to help with) but anytime I’ve brought it up (to my psychologist and social advicer) they start talking about emotional support animals instead. It’s starting to make me feel like I might not benefit from a service dog, even though I obviously would. So is autism a good enough reason?

  7. Melody Hope on May 22, 2022 at 12:37 am

    These are things no one tells you! Sometimes even therapists don’t know the process! Thank you for sharing such info!

  8. Joaquin Pavon on May 22, 2022 at 12:38 am

    I beg the question again, what is the process of registering your dog as a service dog? None was shared, besides your beliefs on the subject.

  9. Lou on May 22, 2022 at 12:38 am

    I’m just training my dog so he is good if I do need one. Btw I’ve been having panic attacks for years and I have horrible anxiety

  10. Aizawa x on May 22, 2022 at 12:38 am

    I have an unknown pain disorder (been to 10 different specialists) and I don’t have a diagnosis but my doctor has recommended one, its so hard to find trainers or programs where I am-

  11. Little Spark Kitten! on May 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Just got approved by my psychiatrist for a service dog, been researching this for years now and I’m really hopeful this can give me some freedom from my flashbacks and a bit of control over my ptsd & panic attacks.

  12. Madelyn on May 22, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I have a question. I have diagnosed anxiety and depression and my anxiety is too bad the point I can’t do certain things (can’t go outside at night, can’t go on or near boats, etc) and I already have a puppy and i find that my anxiety is way better with him vs alone. Is this enough to get a service dog? I feel like it’d help me a lot since I have improved with meds but they haven’t worked well recently but it costs a lot and my family doesn’t have the money for it yet and I feel bad asking.

  13. disillusioned chedar cheeese on May 22, 2022 at 12:40 am

    I am starting to bring this up with my therapist and physiatrist I really do believe that a service dog would improve my life dramatically I just want my life back as much as a I can

  14. sophie davies on May 22, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Ive finnaly gotton a dog and tasked trained! Shes 100% trained by me (i got the thumbs up from my doc dont worry no faking here)

  15. Nessie Bear on May 22, 2022 at 12:43 am

    I was approved to get a SD a couple of years ago and have been doing alot of research but im confused if it would still apply could someone help me?

  16. Lindsay Lee on May 22, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Hi! My names Lindsay and I’m a little confused on the process of getting a service dog. I have a couple questions so if u don’t know the answer no problem! My question is, is there any specific differences between the process of getting approved/qualifying for a psychiatric service dog vs a service dog for mobility or medical. It’s my understanding I need to talk to a mental health professional (would a social worker work?) sorry if I don’t make any sense <3

  17. Guitar Man on May 22, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I have epilepsy , and have been thinking if I should get a service for a very long time. Only problem or concern that I have is that I’m also a owner of 3 cats. What could or should I do ? I will bring it up to my doctor on my next visit. Although if they approve it , I still have my cats.

  18. Katrina Sammons on May 22, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Im leaving for college next summer and I have autism, ptsd, and severe ocd. Totally lost as to where to even start. Thank you

  19. Moss Nicks on May 22, 2022 at 12:52 am

    I have diagnosed autism and want to get one that can calm meltdowns and panic attacks. do you have any advice that may help?

  20. Wesli on May 22, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Hello! I was just wondering about a few things.
    My family is currently looking into getting a service dog- I’ve been approved by a doctor and talked with my school- but I have a lot of issues that we were hoping a sd could help. These include: low blood pressure which causes fainting, EDS and other joint issues which cause falling, collapsing, and general severe joint pain, a very irregular heartbeat that can cause headaches/migraines, hearing issues such as auditory processing disorder, severe anxiety that causes self-harming habits such as scratching, picking and pulling, PTSD, general anxiety, and meltdowns due to sensory overloads. I already know that these qualify for a service dog, but would a sd have the ability to assist all of these, or would I have to limit it to the most severe?

  21. Isa Brookbanks on May 22, 2022 at 12:53 am

    hello! ive been thinking about service dogs for a while. i have chronic depression (i have had it all my life and will probably continue to have it), i have chronic general anxiety, chronic social anxiety and post traumatic stress issues. I also suspect i have autism but i am not yet diagnosed. My issues impact my daily life, i struggle to communicate and socialize without getting burnt out or panicing. do you think i could qualify?

  22. Gigi Schuster on May 22, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I’m raising money for my Service Dog and have nothing but issues in being taken seriously as a older woman with Complex Post Traumatic Survivor Stress Disorder, and the ignorance by facilities that it even exists as like they are aware of PTSD a shorter span of a few years for a PTSD Survivor.
    I have tried multiple facilities and being on SSI because of disability and health makes it hard to come up with the money. I find it absurd that just to submit your require information and documentations through a specialist and doctor in order to even be considered, every facility has charged outrageous substantial fees just to do so in hopes to get foot in the door. Then I’m either told they aren’t accepting civilians, or because I already have a dog regardless if she is a senior dog who has need through training for EMS by a specialist trainer they say horrible things like surrender her to someone else or wait till she passes away then get back with them after I have already spent $$$ just for their ridiculous upfront demands to even get a call back I think is highway robbery for those who are single on disability. Then to charge upwards of $75.00 for an conference call or video call and them interrogate you, and act like you don’t know what your getting yourself into, or it may be to much for you and as if they know everything about you they don’t, and ask questions my specialists said aren’t relevant to placing a Service Dog, or becoming a handler. I’m in my last hopes of trying to one last facility out. Despite I have training and proof my dog is a EMS Tasking Licensed Dog through required training, they said means nothing and only their special trainers at their facility miles and miles away can choose whether or not you’d become aa handler seems suspicious and very messed up for a decision base on a ‘so called trainer at their facility who doesn’t know anything about me and regardless if we know she gets along with other dogs. They demand I fly or drive down just for an evaluation when they could do an online one save me the $$$$$$ of going down to Arizona and then all the way back to MI just for a 2 day evaluation because there are no facilities in MI that take Civilians with PTSD. I think it’s unjustified to demand this of a handler who rents a home and relies on disability government help, to have to make a trip out just for a two day evaluation. They don’t care that it’s at my expense, nor after them clearly saying I’d qualify as a candidate just to throw more required red tape paper work evaluation stuff, yet claimed all the paperwork was good to go including the evaluation by two specialists. Even if I end up being accepted, I’d still have to go down there for a 3 week training again costing more than I can afford to be there at a hotel and for food and transportation there. They act like you have to be rich, or willing to fork over $$$outside of getting the $$$$$$$$ for Service Dog as they don’t help you in anyway. I’m like some people can’t afford all that $$$$$$ and in MI there aren’t grants to help if your a disabled civilian with PTSD, only for physically handicapped or veterans and 1st responders. Your basically on your own, if I could I’d get a shelter dog rescue and train them to be my Service Dog, however I don’t know what training is best required and if that would be a better financial stability choice for me over the $$$$$$$$$ required to get foot in the door and two trips to a Service Dog Facility states away, it costs time and energy and has to be on their schedule and they don’t care about your schedule and messing up major doctor appointments. I want to know your thoughts and opinions as I don’t know what to do if they have let’s say a stuck up bad evaluator who plays favoritism and overly critical knowing nothing about my dog and I, and yet I know they are from sound of it counting on the stress of the drive down to the facility as an excuse to say no and then have wasted my time and taken $$$$ money I needed for a Service Dog is definitely unacceptable and prejudice unfair. Everyone knows a Long flight or car ride stresses anyone out especially pets and I swear they want to use that to I qualify me from a much needed Service Dog. What’s your thoughts if it doesn’t work should I try training my own Service Dog?

    On another note the facility in question is has no some questionable reviews, they never follow back up on a timely manner, and ask questions that aren’t appropriate that should only be asked of my specialists not of me cause some I don’t have an answer to. I have given all my info to them and weeks go by without a call back from them. I have implants needing to be done in February and a possible shoulder surgery in December/January and they want me to jump and go down in February on a whim. I have pet birds, fish, hermit crabs, toads and tree frog that need a pet sitter on top of my four cats who need a pet sitter that’ll also give my one cat his eyedrops. And with weeks now and into December I need to work around my schedule and get a pet sitter for my pets to when going down there but they don’t even care that the person willing to go through all their redtape, costly evaluations, fill out paperwork and fundraising band them pay them not other way around and go through a 3 week boot camp, I would think they’d work with you and accommodate your schedule but from reviews and even over phone it’s other way around. I tried 5 other facilities and feel like my back is against the wall, I just evicting my ex boyfriend who was lieing about his financial obligations in relationship to live with me so I am currently recovering the financial losses and paying what he owed prior to him moving out of rented house I’m in through family. So I can’t afford to keep dishing out money just to be turned down by facilities. And although many claim they are first come first served that only applies to none-civilans and won’t even tell you till you fork over $$ to them that they aren’t taking candidates at this time and or only veterans and 1st responders at this time and after paying out $$$ get back with them in 2 yrs. from now, they won’t refund you your money back and that hurts individuals like me who’s on a tight budget and can’t afford to dish out money to Service Dog Facilities with nothing to gain out of it.

    ALso why do they demand a civilian with a pet dog who has received proper training as an EMS have to go down to facility to prove this it’s documented, over a Veteran who might have one or more pet dogs at home not trained for EMS but because they served or are 1st responders don’t have to waste their time in this nonsense and aren’t required to make a trip for just a two day stay out of their own pockets to prove their pets would do well with a Service Dog in the home. A double favoritism standard pro-Veterans who aren’t subjugated to this or the other unneaseary grueling additional interviews to question the authentication of the person with CPTSD/PTSD that is only shoved onto civilians with it when trying to get a needed Service Dog.
    My friend’s husband they have three dogs additional to a Service Dog never did he have to go through all that crap that they force civilians to go through…. So why this biased double standard, especially towards women with CPTSD/PTSD. And half of the facilities claim to only know what PTSD and not the CPTSD from early developmental age, why you’d think they’d be aware of this and the difference between the two, and know about it but they are ignorance to why?

  23. Mr Phillips on May 22, 2022 at 12:58 am

    I have heard of $20-$25,000 service dogs. I dont think there is anything at all wrong with that. I personally trained mine on my own. I have been told that she is NOT a service dog if she was professionally trained.
    I did 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Took 2 shots in my lower back, and had 4 back surgeries. I now have PTSD, and balance issues. I got Willow (my great dane) at 7 weeks old. I started training her immediately. She is now 4.5 years old. And we still train on a daily basis. She is the perfect breed for me, because if I have balance issues, she is tall enough, I can hold onto her just like a cane or walker. And if I go into a panic attack, she is big enough to be able to hold me down, and stop me from hurting myself or others.
    So, for people to tell me she is not a service dog just because a professional trainer did not train her……is rude and disrespectful. She has saved me many times when I needed her the most. Not to mention, I have seen her out perform "professional trained" service dogs out in public. Thanks for the video.

  24. Korg on May 22, 2022 at 12:58 am

    can you get a service dog for emetophobia?

  25. Alice Cooney on May 22, 2022 at 12:59 am

    i’m hoping to qualify for a service dog at my next appointment, everyday life is becoming nearly impossible alone

  26. Tina on May 22, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Hi, so I have epilepsy and I get anxiety does that qualify me to have a service dog

  27. Komoreqb1 on May 22, 2022 at 1:02 am

    So, I have severe aniexty and social anxiety. I was recently diagnosed with depression, I was wondering could I get a service dog?

  28. My dogs and I on May 22, 2022 at 1:06 am

    excellent video

  29. Michael Chilcoat on May 22, 2022 at 1:06 am


  30. Angelena F on May 22, 2022 at 1:07 am

    im looking into getting my boyfriend a service dog for epilepsy when we move into a house, this was super helpful

  31. Trycityy on May 22, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Glad i watched this video almost paid money to get them papers

  32. It's fine on May 22, 2022 at 1:08 am

    What if i am qualified but dont have the money??

  33. Sung Ho-Jin on May 22, 2022 at 1:08 am

    I have ptsd,hallucinations,panic attack and I pass out from dizziness from time to time and I also harm myself but their are always people who stop me from going farther than putting myself in a hospital . Do you think it’s service dog worthy or I can handle it with some help? My doc said I can get one but my mom said that dogs and service dogs are expensive

  34. Phoebie Adkins on May 22, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I pass out often and have been working with my own dog and she alerts me and does dog when I do pass out but I don’t know how to talk to my doctor about it

  35. Zoe on May 22, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Just got diagnosed with MS 🙁 one bright side is I spent my entire childhood breeding, raising and showing/training dogs. In fact before my symptoms got super bad this past year, I was thinking of becoming a full time trainer! Still might! I’m still in the phase of tearing up realizing I could have had this help years ago if I hadn’t avoided the doctor and had pushed for those MRIs that I needed. Go to the doctor if you think you’re disabled guys, don’t wait until you’re 29 like I did.

  36. kinda sus on May 22, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Is asthma eligible to get a service dog (diagnosed asthma)

  37. Rouge Cat on May 22, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I have been struggling to find programs and trainers near me for one. I can do some training myself but not everything and I can’t find any programs near me.

  38. Heather Cheatwood on May 22, 2022 at 1:16 am

    How do I get a service dog with anxiety

  39. luca bby on May 22, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I have an anxiety disorder that has progressively gotten worse to the point, I feel it may be a disability, how would I bring it up to a docter or therapist?

  40. Galaxy Wolf on May 22, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I’ve been trying to get a service dog, but no one knows where to start. I have ASD and a service dog could help me so much! The main thing I’d need would be DPT to prevent meltdowns and self harming tendencies. I’ve been trying to figure this out. Thank you so much!

  41. That Weird Dingo on May 22, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Im only scared to ask my mom to take me to a physiatrist as im only young, i get extremely scared around people and tend to mumble, stutter and overall just be quote on quote ”normal” around people. I can barely talk with family over the phone because of how scared i get around people. Ive always loved animals, i would rather talk to an animal about my needs, the only way i feel comfortable talking to anybody thats not in my house is texting, as they cant see my face. I feel like i have anxiety when around people, but im not sure and dont want to say that. I often feel like a freak and have never really had someone to talk to. I want to get it checked out, but as i said im terrified of asking my mom, im tearing up just thinking about telling her. i feel like she will brush it off, tell me dad, or shout at me. I dont know what to do, do you have any advice for me? Or would you think a service dog would be good for me? Im very confused and scared right now 🙁

  42. Anthony O on May 22, 2022 at 1:25 am

    thanks for the video, just confirming, a doctors letter is not mandatory to have a service dog. You simply need to be sure that your dog is trained to perform tasks that help with your disability.

  43. Kaz.s_world00 on May 22, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Can I get a service dog for these reasons???

    -Benefiting me to want to go to school knowing I won’t be so worried

    -Distracting me before Sensory over load attack/ panic attacks

    -letting me know when I’m picking at my fingers or scraping my legs when I get worried

    -being able to circle me for space / back block and side blocks

    -Being able to get around big crowds of people instead of walking through and being worried

    -picking up stuff for me like pencils and pens or his/hers lead

    -helping me with 1q21.1

    -Stoping me from getting so angry So nose tap for my breathing

    -doing dpt to stop legs from shaking and hurting

  44. Reece Randall on May 22, 2022 at 1:26 am

    How do I reregister my service dog?

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