Providing psychiatric service dogs to disabled teens and young adults, empowering handlers to complete their education, opening up their world to the life they want to live. 

The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs are specifically trained to perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s psychiatric disability as defined by the ADA. Our clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. These exceptional sidekicks empower their 12-22 year-old handlers and put their independence within reach. The Exceptional Sidekick is breaking through the stigma of mental illness. We maintain our unwavering belief that clients should not have a limited education or quality of life due to a psychiatric disability that can be mitigated with a service dog. Our program actively collaborates with our community to raise and train these exceptional sidekicks and create a long-term support network for our handlers.

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The Exceptional Sidekick



Providing psychiatric service dogs to disabled teens and young adults, empowering handlers to complete their education, opening up their world to the life they want to live. 

The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs are specifically trained to perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s psychiatric disability as defined by the ADA. Our clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. These exceptional sidekicks empower their 12-22 year-old handlers and put their independence within reach. The Exceptional Sidekick is breaking through the stigma of mental illness. We maintain our unwavering belief that clients should not have a limited education or quality of life due to a psychiatric disability that can be mitigated with a service dog. Our program actively collaborates with our community to raise and train these exceptional sidekicks and create a long-term support network for our handlers.