Psychiatric / PTSD

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Psychiatric / PTSD Dog Trainer in Springfield, MO

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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 Sessions


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 Springfield 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!

We are only 2 sessions in and we have already seen such a positive difference in our Brutus. He's becoming a well behaved gentleman, and he's just 5 months old! Nerissa has been great, she explains why and how to work with him to get the best results. We are very impressed so far, and would definitely recommend Dog Training Elite!
— Linda Roseborough
Posted July 19th 2022
Nerissa and Kristi have been phenomenal. Our dog, Loki, is learning so fast. They have so much experience and it shows. They tell us how the dog will react even before he does it. I would recommend Dog Training Elite to everyone that wants their dog to live their best life.
— Christopher Gross
Posted July 12th 2022
We were at the end of our rope with our dog and were extremely frustrated with his misbehavior. Dog Training Elite changed our life and our relationship with our dog. Thank you for helping us save our dog!!!
— Christie Pitsinger
Posted June 24th 2022
Already seeing so much improvement in my dogs behavior just after two lessons! Never say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! Will definitely be leaving another review when we finish up but so far I have been very impressed with how professional the trainers have been and their knowledge on my dogs behavior.
— gabby zander
Posted June 22nd 2022
We are only 2 weeks into training and we already have a completely different dog!! Kristi has been great. She is a great teacher and leaves you feeling comfortable, confident and give you the tools to be the trainer of your own dog!!
— Kara Fields
Posted June 20th 2022
Our family has enjoyed the sessions thus far in our training. Kristi, has been great to work with. Our dog, Rosie, is becoming the good mannered dog when knew she always was.
— A Sutherland
Posted June 17th 2022
DTE is amazing! Though skeptical at first, I'm now convinced that they are the best and have an awesome dog to show for it! The team is great and I highly recommend!!!
— Paul Hearn
Posted June 16th 2022
DTE has done wonders for my dog. She would bark constantly, listen to commands like sit, down and stay when she felt like it. Now her barking is under control, she listens to commands when I tell her to and we are learning heel which I never thought she would be able to do! I have taken her to training classes and other instructors before and watch videos on training but nothing has helped or made a difference like DTE!!!! I would and will HIGHLY recommend them!!!!
— Shailyn Armstrong
Posted May 24th 2022
Our dogs weren’t horrible but just felt tired of being frustrated by their behavior and not feeling like we could enjoy them as much as we wanted. We found these trainers at a community event and I’m so glad we did. They have come into our home and helped us learn about how to connect and direct our dog to listen to us. They have taught us how to create structure in our home to help our pup be successful all while being amazing humans to be around. Nerissa is an absolute joy and we look forward to our time together each of week. It’s worth every penny!
— Lexi Amos
Posted May 8th 2022
I have been so incredibly blown away with the change in my border collie, Sadie. We are on lesson 4…Four lessons!!! And my sweet girl is like a brand new pup. Sadie struggles with high anxiety and the change and confidence that she has gained in just four weeks is incredible! I couldn’t even take her for a walk without her trying to attack other dogs and bark like crazy at people passing by. She was charging the front door and barking uncontrollably any time someone rang the bell. Now she walks calmly at my side and quietly greets guest with beautiful manners. Kristy Anderson is great to work with, she is patient and understanding and clearly loves my Sadie! Im so happy with my purchase of these lessons.
— Liz Hoffman
Posted May 7th 2022
Our little girl Ruby has responded so well to the training! It is truly amazing to watch the transformation. We love learning as a family how to properly train our puppies. Thank you!!!
— Rich Davis
Posted May 5th 2022
Our 3 yr old labradoodle, Buck, has never been so calm! After training with Kristi, Nerissa, and Jeremy, he is under voice control and has been our dream dog! SUCH an amazing team who truly cares about the whole family. It's not just about the dog for them. Their caring attitude and professionalism is nothing short of amazing. As a dog owner who was apprehensive about continuing the training, they encouraged us and built OUR confidence. We LOVE DogTrainingElite- Springfield.
— Christina McMunn
Posted May 5th 2022

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At Dog Training Elite Springfield, 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 Springfield 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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