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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 book today!

©2018 Max Matthews (P)2018 Max Matthews

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This Could Have been a Good Book

First, let me say that I am reviewing the Training your own Service dog and Psych Service Dog Bundle by Max Matthews. This author might have trained service dogs, but his ideas of what breeds can become service dogs, and who can train them, are woefully limited.

1. There are exceptions to any rule. Livestock guardian breeds can work as psychiatric service dogs. German Shepherds can work as guide and hearing dogs. I find the author's breed bias incredibly disappointing.

2. Many disabled folks train their own dogs. I know, myself included, many blind folks who train their own guide dogs, diabetics who train their own dogs to alert them to low blood sugar, and even those with seizures who train their own dogs for seizure alert dogs. For a person who supposedly works with those with disabilities, he sure does have a narrow minded view of who can train a service dog and what kind of dog can become one.

3. The story is not well written. There are constnat mistakes in grammar and this is annoying. How can I be expected to take an author seriourly, when he can't even be bothered to write correctly.

4. "Guide dogs are expensive". All guide dog schools in the US and Canada do not charge for the dog. One school does charge a nominal fee of $150, but if a person cannot pay, they are not turned away.

5. "Seeing Eye Dog"? The appropriate term for a dog who guides a blind person is dog guide. Seeing Eye Dog only refers to those who come from the school in Morristown NJ.

6. This author has an outdated view of dogs, pack behavior, etc.

In short, if you want to learn to train your own service dog, get a different book. One that give correct information.

While there is some good information here, it's overshadowed by all the misinformation, and the author's misconceptions.

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Book took a racist & classist turn downhill...

There is a lot of information in this book and I was listening to it very religiously before and after I got a puppy to train as my service dog. That was, until I got to the part where the author decided to insert racism and classism into his core foundation of why he trains dogs the way he does.
Essentially he says that instead of feeding a dog at set mealtimes (free-feeding) he keeps food from the dog and makes him work for it because "Welfare" ( food security) makes dogs -- and people -- lazy.
I suppose the author never thought about the fact that many people who might want to make their lives easier and more accessible might actually BE disabled people who survived on public benefits? That seems really short-sighted. It also turns out his racist pop-psychology is completely wrong: security actually grows people's desire to work and contribute in creative ways, even if the traditional western idea of needing to withhold basic necessities from th groups they want to control will make them behave the way they want is HIS dominant narrative.
Once I realized that this faulty pop-psychology was the foundation for his entire method of training, I couldn't get embrace it. Thankfully there are other options of where to get this information that don't rely on such archaic and bigoted ways of thinking.
There may be some valuable information in this book: dogs aren't people after all. But I can't support this author when he based his entire premise on hating and calling lazy the people most likely to not be able to buy a fully trained service dog. Seems counter-productive. It was hard to listen and take seriously anything he said after that. I also didn't feel good about starving my dog to get him to do what I want.
Thankfully I found trainers with more ethical methods and my dogs training is going just fine!

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Wonderfully Helpful Training Book!

This is a great book. I have a well trained service dog thank you Lelah Sullivan, you , and my dog, have made my life much happier! The books provide simple, easy to follow instructions and sound advice in choosing a service animal. Her understanding of service dog issues, and her techniques are sound, and she has made them very easy to understand. I highly recommend this book to anyone who will be working with a service dog.

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NOT ACCURATE INFORMATION

As someone who has had, trained, and worked with other Service Dog Trainers for more than a decade — STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK.

I was hoping to find some new information to continue to expand and grow my skills and knowledge. This book contains neither one. There were so many inaccurate, and dated training ideas and principles in this — just in the first chapter — that I had to stop reading because it was just wasting time and making me progressively more mad.

If you are a beginner to training your own dog, you’ve got the right idea trying to do some reading and research; you’ve just got the wrong book. Run. Fast.

And while you’re looking for a better book on Service Dog training, just start on learning everything you can about basic obedience training — there are many different styles and ways to train, etc., so look for consistent principles in all of them.
Then start looking for local support groups for service dog handlers and ask about any group team training they may do together (which are usually free).

The last thing you need is a preachy, uneducated, self-published arrogant ass furthering the stigma associated with people who may need the assistance of welfare (which is often people struggling with their disabilities in many cases — the very thing you are being proactive in trying to mitigate with a Service Dog). You deserve applause for your willingness to learn and help yourself. Not some man’s judgment.

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Unprofessional

The woman reading this sounds like a robot, her recitation is like a highschooler reading aloud in class. The information is decent but it's almost impossible not to tune her out. She also misreads words, misreads lines and restarts them in the middle without it being edited out, reverses words, and sometimes reads the same sentence twice. There's an ADHD joke really early in, as well as a reference to "lazy people receiving a check in the mail from the government every month" which is ridiculous in a book geared towards disabled people. There are references to outdated pack hierarchy which has been scientifically proven false. Really unprofessional work.

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Me gustó mucho

Tiene datos sobre rrglamentos de perros de servicio y la diferencia de soporte emocional, ayuda a entrenar para tener un compañerito al pendiente. me gustó mucho. es inglés claro. desearía uno en español pero le entendí muy bien.

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Good content for task training, the rest is junk

Dominance theory, alpha theory, pack leader theory, whatever you want to call it, is based on one study of wolves in captivity that has since been discredited and wholly discarded by those who study dog behavior and learning. This book teaches along a lot of those themes, and I highly recommend a force free, fear free positive reinforcement resource for the obedience training instead.

However, the task training toward the end has a well broken down explanation of how to teach a variety of tasks. The task training is helpful, especially as it guides the reader through making connections on how to build and shape behaviors.

Overall disregard the unscientific training styles and focus on the task building content and it’s worth a listen.

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Service dog books

I would recommend this book for any owner trainers that want to train their own service dog or psychiatric service dog. Very good description and details in the book. Helpful to have Book on hand to even read for step-by-step maintenance. Very great for first-time trainers

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Useful Info!

Tons of useful information in this Service Dog training bundle. Valiant effort in narration. Enjoy.

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exceptionally satisfied to listen that discernible

Unlike some other Audiobooks around here that, in other cases, simply drag and drop from different sources, this is a real Audiobook worth the money. It's written enough to recognize it, but it still covers things that matter. I'm proposing a lot more of this Audiobook.

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  • 11-20-20

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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  • Natalie Long
  • 08-20-19

This is audio rushes, not a book

This is raw audio of this book being read. T
It has not been edited. The narrator makes mistakes and begins lines again, re-reads lines with alternate inflection and clears her throat. This needs editing before you can charge money for it as an audiobook product

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  • 05-24-19

absolutely in love with this book.

its was absolutely fantastic and the reader was very clear. I would recommend this book to all my friends with disabilities.

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