Enjoy this gallery of some of our service dog graduates, and the people they help.
Although there are many types of psychiatric disorders, the C.H.I.P. program ONLY trains and places dogs with certain qualifying conditions. Some such psychiatric disorders may be re-occurring Flashbacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) and severe panic disorders caused from a severe traumatic event in their life.
More than 3/4 of those diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder are not in fact disabled by their condition. The majority of diagnosed disorders are successfully managed with medication and medical treatment. C.H.I.P. requires that a person applying for a dog must have three qualifying disabling conditions. The key is that the disabling conditions are severe enough that they inhibit the individual’s ability to perform at least three or more major life activities.
Those individuals who are living with a certain defining psychiatric disorders know all too well the detrimental challenges such disorders can bring. Service Dogs who assist people with psychiatric disorders are individually trained to perform several specific skills that increase the person’s ability to become self-sufficient. The CHIP program only provides Service Dogs to people who can clinically benefit from the assist of a specially trained Service Dogs.