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Service Dogs
A suitably matched and well-trained service dog can make your life easier.

Future Service Dogs!

We often have young up-and-coming service dogs at various stages of training. When ready to be matched to a person with a disability, they will come with housebreaking, basic obedience, manners and social skills. Depending upon your budget and needs, Katherine can either coach you to complete their service dog training or finalize their training for you. Scroll to the bottom of our Services & Rates page to compare the training packages. A couple of our currently available trainees are pictured to the right. Give us a call at 605.390.7295 or email Katherine if one of these beautiful dogs seems like a match or to discuss your specific service dog needs.
This is Big Time. He is kind, loving, and very smart. He has a sweet but strong soul.
This is Apollo. He is very cuddly and loving. He is a bit of a sensitive soul, but will protect you with his life.

Personal Protection Dogs

Animal Psychology Center in Philip and Rapid City, South Dakota, provides service dogs to those who are emotionally and/or physically disabled. I help provide the right dog for you, then create and build a relationship with them that is based on team work and trust. In this way, your leadership skills are developed and you build confidence.

In the course of training you and your dog, we will cover basic and advanced obedience, social skills, group class and public access work (navigating public places). Specific training is also done for your disability. Examples of this would be diabetic alert, seizure/panic alert, balance/stability issues, PTSD, Hearing/sight issues and many others.

There are three ways you can obtain a service dog:

- First, give me a call, so I can evaluate and see if your current dog can be trained for service.

- Second, if you want a service dog but don’t want to raise a puppy, I can interview and gather information on your disabilities and needs, then find an adult dog that suits your needs. I need to know what breeds you like. This is similar to matchmaking where we get the right  dog for you.

- Third is getting a puppy from my breeding program or other breeders that I work with. These puppies are specifically bred for service work and make great candidates.

What is a Service Animal and what are its characteristics?

  1. A dog according to titles II and III of the ADA, except for miniature horses under specific guidelines and conditions.
  2. A dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  3. Not a pet.
  4. Allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
  5. Harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless these items interfere with their work.
  6. Under control at all times.
  7. Shows no aggression toward people or other animals.
  8. Ignores all other stimuli except those trained to trigger a response.

Service animals are valuable tools to the disabled. They provide liberty, mobility, healthcare, and companionship to people struggling to live each day in a society which only accepts "norms."

Please respect the hard work and integrity of the service animal and his or her handler. If you want to have one, put time and hard work to train one.

Don't sacrifice your pet to the rigors and discipline of being a SDiT then a SD. Most will never be able to carry the responsibility of it. Enjoy your pets, and rely on your work dogs to be what they were meant to be... the very extension of your mind, body, and soul.

After all, they may save one or all of them some day. That's their job.

Some of our graduate service dogs and their owners

Ann Garvey - Service Dog Dakota
This is Maxine, a Great Dane service dog that is trained for a lady named Doris
Young boy with his service dog, a Shih Tzu, from my breeding program.
Cali is a Shih Tzu Yorki mix who is trained to be a PTSD service dog.
More love from the therapy dog Brutus at the Black Hills Workshop.
Valerie and service dog Bella.
Kora, a great dane was trained to be a therapy dog.
Girl with a Service Dog

Black Hills Disability Awareness Day

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.


- Certified Trainer, American Kennel Club, Canine Good Citizen Pet Partners
- Head Trainer for Lane Logan Memorial Foundation
- Better Business Bureau Rating A+
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