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Service Dogs
A suitably matched and well-trained service dog can make your life easier.
Service Dogs
  • What They Do: Service dogs perform tasks for someone with a disability (one handler) to make their life easier.
  • What You Need: A letter from a health care professional stating that you have a disability and then a certification from a certified trainer of service dogs. Service dogs are allowed in ALL public places that humans go.
    • Federal law: Dogs or mini-horses (Cats are for ESA’s only.) No reptiles, birds or other mammals allowed.
    • South Dakota law: Only dogs and miniature horses are considered to be Service Animals.
Therapy Dogs
  • What They Do: Therapy dogs work with a specific handler to provide comfort and emotional support for people in public places (nursing homes, businesses, hospices, hospitals, schools, etc.)
  • What You Need: (Same as a service dog) A letter from a health care professional and certification from a certified trainer. Therapy dogs are allowed to go to public places where they comfort people.
    • Federal law: Dogs or mini-horses (Cats are for ESA’s only.) No reptiles, birds or other mammals allowed.
    • South Dakota law: Only dogs and miniature horses are considered to be Service Animals.
Emotional Support Dogs
  • What They Do: Emotional support dogs provide comfort and emotional support for their handler.
  • What You Need: A letter from a health care professional and certification from a certified trainer. ESA dogs are allowed to live anywhere their handler lives, even in places that do not allow pets. The other public place that ESAs are allowed is on airplanes. Although they do not need as much training as therapy/service dogs, I highly recommend that they do it. One of the most difficult, scary places to take a dog is on a commercial airplane.
    • Federal Law and South Dakota law: Cats, dogs, or miniature horses can be considered emotional support animals, Cats are only used for ESAs.

 


Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews Animal Behaviorist
Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, is a pet psychology center owned by animal behaviorist and trainer, Katherine Andrews. Services and training are available in Rapid City, SD, and many desperate owners have traveled in from other states for her specialized expertise.

My passion is to train and rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Some even call me a "dog whisperer" thanks to my ability to work through particularly tough behavior problems and help with aggressive dogs, even when other trainers have failed and owners have nearly given up.

Through my early love for animals, I developed it into a lifetime career and commitment. Backed with 20 years of animal training experience, I take pride in making life better for people and pets through my animal psychology services.

Qualifications:

- Certified Trainer, American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Pet Partners
- Head Trainer for Lane Logan Memorial Foundation
- Instructor at Community Education of the Black Hills
- Better Business Bureau Rating A+
Learn More About Katherine Andrews
Katherine Andrews
605-390-7295
katherine@animalpsychologycenter.com