The Importance of Psychiatric Service Dogs

Therapy dog in a red vest with a teddy bear next to it

With the COVID-19 pandemic came a large uptick in mental health crises. The past two years have been hard on just about everyone, whether prior conditions were worsened by isolation or the bombardment of news bringing on new fears, leading to agoraphobia, anxiety, panic disorders, and depression. With this, many have begun to utilize psychiatric service dogs.

Exposure and Alleviation of Symptoms

For many mental health issues, gradual exposure is a form of therapy. For someone with agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, or PTSD, this may mean going outside; beginning small, and graduating to bigger outings. For someone with social anxiety, this may mean being in social situations.

For PTSD, having a dog who can interrupt any panic attacks and ground you, or interrupt and calm you during night terrors or triggers, can make a world of difference.

For somebody with bipolar, or depression, their lows may seem insurmountable. But their lows may just be alleviated with the gentle love of a psychiatric service dog.

Depressive disorders can also make a person feel worthless or feel as though life has no purpose. Having the responsibility of caring for a dog who shows you love and adoration in return is a fantastic way to build back self-confidence and a sense of purpose.


When you decide to get your psychiatric service dog, we at Fetch and More are here to help you. We recognize just how important the bond is, and how important it is to train your dog properly.

We aren’t just a “one and done” service. Our training programs are highly detailed, and with them, you receive a lifetime guarantee and unlimited support for the dog’s life. Not only that, but we have your back! We will advocate for you should anyplace deny you entry, services, or housing, with your psychiatric service dog. We ensure your ADA Rights are always recognized, and never comprised.

With over 20 years of experience throughout different areas and environments with different animals, various certifications, and high levels of education, we are well versed and well prepared. We proudly serve 48 states- with the concentration of our business in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Massachusetts.

Our behaviorists travel directly to you. To begin your journey, visit us online or call us at 201-914-8268.