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A Psychiatric/PTSD service animal will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high anxiety and stress. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation.

Individuals with PTSD often feel unsafe and unsure of reality, especially in public settings. Service dogs for PTSD can help ground their handler to reality, prevent people from crowding or rushing up to them and provide the emotional support needed to de-escalate anxieties. They can be trained to recognize the signs of a panic attack, wake individuals experiencing night terrors and regulate emotional responses through pressure.

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Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

12 One-on-One Training Sessions

$3,295

A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
  • Watch rear blindspot
  • Additional tasks as needed, must be approved by trainer

Psychiatric / PTSD Support Dog

$3,195

A Psychiatric/PTSD service dog will be able to go anywhere with their handler and assist them in times of high stress and provide a sense of security. A service dog will provide emotional support, reintegration into society, reduce depression, help cope with anxiety, reduce the frequency and severity of flashbacks, anchor handler to the present, and reduce suicidal ideation. Psychiatric service dog tasks are customizable, but examples include:

  • Grounding
  • Deep Pressure Therapy
  • Panic Response
  • Create a Physical Buffer
  • Interrupt Repetitive Behaviors
  • Watch rear blindspot
  • Additional tasks as needed, must be approved by trainer
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Benefits of Psychiatric/PTSD Service Dog Training:

  • Increase activity and integration into society: Dogs are active and need to be exercised regularly, the responsibility of caring for a service animal will force their handler to get out and exercise. A routine is established and ties to the future are forged again.
  • Create a sense of safety: Public settings and crowds are an enormous trigger for most individuals suffering from PTSD. Psychiatric service dogs are trained to create a physical barrier between their handler and crowds of people.
  • Ground in reality, redirect hyper-vigilance: Hyper-vigilance is a symptom of PTSD and creates constant tension and paranoia within sufferers. Service dogs are trained to recognize their handler’s warning signs for anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and panic attacks and redirect that energy into positive coping skills and grounding techniques such as petting the dog.
  • Reduce nightmares and flashbacks: One of the most emotionally challenging situations for individuals with PTSD to deal with are flashbacks and nightmares. They can transport an individual back to a terrifying time in their life where they have felt unsafe, threatened, and traumatized. A PTSD service animal is trained to bring their handler back to reality quickly and calmly, ground the individual, and help them to feel safe in their environment again.

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Dog Training Elite has expert PTSD dog trainers in Atlanta that provide service dog training programs for those suffering from PTSD.

Our Balanced Theory

We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (a.k.a. "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.


  • Empowering Owners
    We empower Owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.
  • Personalized
    We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.
  • Environment Specific
    We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).
  • Supportive
    We support Owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").
  • Involved
    We work with all members of the household.
  • Simplified & Customized
    We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 min/day follow-up practice.
  • Continued Training
    Additional programs / group sessions offered after in-home training.
  • Lifetime Investment
    We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.
  • Satisfaction Ratings
    Our high client satisfaction rating sets us apart from competitors.

We help your dog become a valued companion and beloved member of the family. Read what our customers have to say and then give us a call!

Whit and his team Cam and Kyla have been a godsend! My husband and I fell in love with our, at the time 3 month old, American Akita while we were vacationing in Florida. We couldn’t wait to get him back home but with my husband starting a new job and already having our hands full with 5 and 6-year-old boys, I already knew that I was going to need help with Yoshi. I personally shopped around for different companies and found Dog Training Elite online. My husband and I had reservations in the beginning of course as with anything new, but let me tell you we are definitely pleased with the process so far. Whit advised that I would see a difference after the second appointment but he was wrong… LOL!! I saw a difference after the very first! Every appointment weekly I feel closer and closer to Yoshi! Cam and Kyla are family and they not only put my nerves at ease but they are knowledgeable, professional and complete sweethearts. Yoshi’s breed is known for their stubbornness but when it’s time for training even he looks forward to Cam and Kyla’s visit because he himself can’t resist their gentle and loving nature. If you are looking for results, then Dog Training Elite West Atlanta is the place!!!
— Candace Robinson
Posted June 10th 2022
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Whit and DTE of West Atlanta team has a very personable and professional approach to Dog Training. This is also a Veteran owned business. Whit and his team have comprehensive knowledge about dog training with over 40 years of theory development behind their techniques from the franchise that is sure to drive high quality results. They truly care about improving your relationship with your dog and are motivated to help you through it every step of the way. Highly recommend!
— Kyle Christie
Posted May 30th 2022
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Charmone really knows her stuff! She is a professional and gets the desired results!
— Jasmine Garland
Posted April 4th 2022
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Excellent customer service. Everything is laid out and easy to understand in their contract. Great results with the trainers!
— Mel Williams
Posted March 8th 2022
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Dog training Elite trained all three of my dogs our youngest dog has been trained as a service dog for my wife. I will have DTE train my next dog as well. Thank you so much.
— Tyson Newell
Posted February 15th 2022
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Proud Sponsor of The Malinois Foundation

At Dog Training Elite in Atlanta, we believe that Service Dogs save lives. It is our mission to make these life-saving companions available to our Veterans, First Responders, Women Survivors, and Children with Medical Needs. Whether it be for PTSD, Mobility Support, or Special Needs, Dog Training Elite in Atlanta work's with the Malinois Foundation to heal and empower these individuals with a specialized service animal, a partner in life, and a new best friend.

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