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Service Dogs
A suitably matched and well-trained service dog can make your life easier.

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This is Mato Abrouszk and his new service dog Daisy Jane. When he falls, he says "Help" and she stands strong so he can get up. Stairs are hard for Mato and Daisy helps him.

They just got matched up and she is already helping him with balance and stability.
A match made in heaven!!

Mato is going to be a filmmaker and Daisy Jane is going to help make that happen. We are so proud of her!

She came to us as a puppy and it was hard to see her go but we are very grateful that she will play an important role in someone's life!

In 25 years of doing this work, I'm still in awe of these dogs and what they can do.

Brony Mae Rama and her groom Abdel planned to get married in Florida, where their families live. Problem was, they lived in South Dakota and Mae had intense anxiety about flying. Enter Animal Psychology Center.

Mae had her dog Brony certified by Katherine as a service dog so Brony would be allowed to accompany her on the plane to her wedding and assist with her anxiety.

A service dog trained for PTSD and panic attacks will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and body chemistry to be able to circumvent panic attacks or night terrors.

On a day-to-day basis, Mae now brings Brony to work with her to help with her anxiety. He keeps her in a balanced state of mind so she never elevates to a full blown panic attack.

Having Brony as her service dog has improved Mae’s quality of life. Also, because of Brony and the training he received from Animal Psychology Center, Mae was able to focus all of her energy into having the most special wedding possible, rather than her anxiety.


Personal Protection Dogs

Animal Psychology Center in Philip and Rapid City, South Dakota, provides service dogs to those who are emotionally and/or physically disabled. I help provide the right dog for you, then create and build a relationship with them that is based on team work and trust. In this way, your leadership skills are developed and you build confidence.

In the course of training you and your dog, we will cover basic and advanced obedience, social skills, group class and public access work (navigating public places). Specific training is also done for your disability. Examples of this would be diabetic alert, seizure/panic alert, balance/stability issues, PTSD, Hearing/sight issues and many others.

There are three ways you can obtain a service dog:

- First, give me a call, so I can evaluate and see if your current dog can be trained for service.

- Second, if you want a service dog but don’t want to raise a puppy, I can interview and gather information on your disabilities and needs, then find an adult dog that suits your needs. I need to know what breeds you like. This is similar to matchmaking where we get the right  dog for you.

- Third is getting a puppy from my breeding program or other breeders that I work with. These puppies are specifically bred for service work and make great candidates.

What is a Service Animal and what are its characteristics?

  1. A dog according to titles II and III of the ADA, except for miniature horses under specific guidelines and conditions.
  2. A dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  3. Not a pet.
  4. Allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
  5. Harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless these items interfere with their work.
  6. Under control at all times.
  7. Shows no aggression toward people or other animals.
  8. Ignores all other stimuli except those trained to trigger a response.

Service animals are valuable tools to the disabled. They provide liberty, mobility, healthcare, and companionship to people struggling to live each day in a society which only accepts "norms."

Please respect the hard work and integrity of the service animal and his or her handler. If you want to have one, put time and hard work to train one.

Don't sacrifice your pet to the rigors and discipline of being a SDiT then a SD. Most will never be able to carry the responsibility of it. Enjoy your pets, and rely on your work dogs to be what they were meant to be... the very extension of your mind, body, and soul.

After all, they may save one or all of them some day. That's their job.

Some of our graduate service dogs and their owners

Ann Garvey - Service Dog Dakota
Jackie and Peaches, she is going to be a therapy dog in school for children.
Young boy with his service dog, a Shih Tzu, from my breeding program.
Mato and Daisy Jane, she will help Mato with balance and stability.
More love from the therapy dog Brutus at the Black Hills Workshop.
Valerie and service dog Bella.
Kora, a great dane was trained to be a therapy dog.
Girl with a Service Dog

Black Hills Disability Awareness Day

Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews Animal Behaviorist
Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, is a pet psychology center owned by animal behaviorist and trainer, Katherine Andrews. Services and training are available in Rapid City, SD, and many desperate owners have traveled in from other states for her specialized expertise.

My passion is to train and rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Some even call me a "dog whisperer" thanks to my ability to work through particularly tough behavior problems and help with aggressive dogs, even when other trainers have failed and owners have nearly given up.

Through my early love for animals, I developed it into a lifetime career and commitment. Backed with 20 years of animal training experience, I take pride in making life better for people and pets through my animal psychology services.

Qualifications:

- Certified Trainer, American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Pet Partners
- Head Trainer for Lane Logan Memorial Foundation
- Instructor at Community Education of the Black Hills
- Better Business Bureau Rating A+
Learn More About Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews
605-390-7295
katherine@animalpsychologycenter.com