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The Leading Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) Training

The International Canine Training Institute's Psychiatric Service Dog Training Course is a self-paced and affordable way for you to transform your furry friends into federally-compliant Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD).

In this self-paced and comprehensive course, your dog can meet the federal criteria to be classified a PSD through advanced training and their ability to perform tasks for you.

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Dogs with PSD certifications can support you in more areas and tasks of your life.

PSD-certified pets must be accepted in all public places and able to:

  • Fly for free
  • Go to restaurants
  • Go inside stores
  • Ride on public transportation


Self-paced Sections


Easy-to-Follow Modules


Affordable Program Cost

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A Brief History of Service Dogs & PSD

While dogs have been trusted companions for millenia, it wasn’t until 1990 that they were listed as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act, despite their much longer history. 








While the beginning of canine domestication is disputed, there is evidence of dogs helping humans with daily tasks more than 10,000 years ago. Fast forward to the 18th century in Paris, there is documentation of dogs guiding blind Parisians through the city. In World War I, British and German troops relied on dogs to alert them of danger or carry wounded soldiers to safety. In the last century, dogs have served as tactical aids, emotional support, security, and companions, and have only continued to expand in their abilities and use cases.

Meet Shannen

As our Community Manager here at ICTI, she has over 5 years of hands-on experience as a trainer and behaviorist, and over 10 years of experience with animals professionally. When she first began her training journey she immediately fell in love with the line of work and knew she was where she was meant to be.

She is certified in Applied Animal Behavior through the University of Washington and over the years has specialized in reactivity, separation anxiety, obedience training, and service dog training!

She has a 4-year-old Golden Retriever named Chance who she absolutely adores, and she lives in sunny San Diego! Their favorite things to do are visit the dog beach, try out new restaurants, and go on hikes!

She is so excited to get to know you all more and help you through your training journey!

In this self-paced course, your dog will become a PSD. Together, you’ll join the long history of dogs providing invaluable support for owners. As a PSD, your dog gets legal rights and federal protection, and you get enhanced pet support — man’s best friend just got even better!

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In a fully online and self-paced 10-section training program that consists of 51 comprehensive course modules, pet parents will be able to gain all the skills and tools required to train and own a PSD. These sections include:

What is a Psychiatric Service Dog?

Being a responsible owner and trainer

Understanding your dog

Teaching effectively

Getting ready

The basics

PSD fundamentals

PSD tasks

access tests

Living and traveling with your PSD

What people say about ICTI's PSD Training Course

Pet parents everywhere are training their dogs as Psychiatric Support Dogs... and they're saving THOUSANDS of dollars by doing it themselves! Here's what successful PSDs and their owners have to say about ICTI's PSD Training Course.

Olivia Patterson - Albany, NY

"My Dog Now Watches My Back" Amazing!!!

Thanks to this program, my dog now watches my back. She walks into the room and turns the lights on for me. And for the first time in a long time, I've actually been okay while shopping.