Dogs By Andy K-9 Services offers Service Dog Training, Therapy Dog Training, and PTSD Dog Training for Personal, Military, and School Use

At Dogs By Andy K-9 Services, we have over 35 years of experience training dogs for various purposes. If you are interested in having your dog go through service dog training, we will determine if your canine’s age, breed and personality are well-suited. By learning which skillsets your dog already possesses and working on improved use of their natural instincts, your dog will be able to successfully complete this course. If you are in need of a service dog, we can locate a dog for you that we can train to be a service dog and fit in as a new member of your family.

Service Dog Training requires dedication and persistence, so your dog gains confidence in their abilities and learns to trust and serve you. It is also important to have a dog trainer who can recognize your pet’s strengths and weaknesses and provide feedback and achievable goals during their training.

What’s the difference between a Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog, and a Therapy Dog? 

Service Dog

The role of a service dog is to assist one person with a particular type of medical disability. Their job is to assist people with tasks they can’t manage alone. The training needs to be precise – these dogs must do tasks and respond to commands reliably every time they’re needed. It’s a crucial process to make sure they can consistently support individuals who rely on their help. Some examples of tasks are DPT (Deep pressure therapy), retrieving items, mobility support, crowd control, assist on public access. These are the only type of working dogs allowed in public access such as grocery stores, hair salons, movie theaters, restaurants, malls, doctors offices, place of employment, educational institutions, even state and government facilities.

Emotional Support Dog

Emotional support dogs provide comfort and companionship to individuals with emotional or mental conditions. They can help reduce anxiety and stress, alleviate depression, cope with trauma, and give a sense of security. These dogs must have basic and advanced obedience along with manners and other behaviors that will make public access appropriate. They do not have public access and are only allowed in apartments, hotels, and certain airlines. They do not have any special training to perform tasks that assist people with medical disabilities.

Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs work as teams and must have perfect obedience to work in certain settings. They undergo very specific training to ensure they can respond appropriately to a variety of situations and interact safely with diverse groups of people. Therapy dogs are selected for their calm temperament, friendliness, and ability to handle various environments. Therapy dogs provide people with therapeutic contact in a clinical setting like schools, hospital/ nursing homes, and natural disaster relief.

If you have a need for a PTSD dog, therapy dog, or service dog training, contact us at Dogs By Andy K-9 Services today for more information. We look forward to working with you and your dog.


Our Service Dogs In the News

Here’s an article reprinted from Spectrum News about Jasper, written by Vanessa Leon:

Jasper makes me feel special’: Eighth grade student makes honor roll thanks to therapy dog


​​What You Need To Know

      • Jasper is part of the therapy dog program Dogs By Andy K-9 Services
      • Newton-Conover City Schools Assistant Superintendent Beth Penley brought the program when she moved to the district
      • Jasper helps students with behavioral and social emotional needs
      • Amber Dunn is Jasper’s handler and says the past year and half has been tough on students because of the pandemic and going back to school with new requirements

Coming back from virtual learning during a pandemic, students have had to social distance and wear masks.

Frazier says she began acting out and would get in trouble at school, having to visit the principal’s office several times a week.

When the school year started in August, Frazier became part of a weekly therapy session with Jasper.

Jasper is a 1-year-old Labradoodle rescue therapy dog trained by Dogs By Andy K-9 Services.

Newton-Conover City Schools Assistant Superintendent Beth Penley was part of the Dogs by Andy program when she worked in Lincoln County Schools.

When she transferred to the Newton-Conover district she wanted to incorporate the program with Jasper.

Amber Dunn is Jasper’s handler. She is a staff member at the school, and she meets with students a few times a week while they sit and pet Jasper and talk about any social or emotional issues.

“Coming back from COVID, it’s been really hard on kids, a lot of anxiety and lot of stress from being back. I’ve watched him lick a child’s tears off their face. He’s just comfort for them,” Dunn said.

For Frazier, the time with Jasper has helped her turn things around this school year.

The visits to the principal’s office have stopped, and she has made the A/B honor roll.

“With Jasper, I can tell him stuff. You’re not supposed to talk to a dog like that, but I can tell him stuff, and he won’t run back and tell anybody what I said. I never thought I was going to make it in first quarter because of my behavior in the past,” Frazier said.

​Conover Veterinary Hospital helps cover any vet bills for Jasper, and the school also had to get insurance for the students so they would be covered for any liability.


At Dogs By Andy K-9 Services, we provide service dog training for dogs in the Mooresville, Concord, Gastonia, HuntersvilleCharlotte, and Greensboro, North Carolina area, including Myers Park, Weddington, Ballantyne, and SouthPark.

Similar Services We Offer:

On-Leash Training

Six weeks of private 45 minute to 1 hour weekly lessons with one of our trainers, you, and your dog.

On/Off-Leash Training

Ten weeks of private 45 minute-1 hour weekly lessons with a trainer, you, and your dog. No equipment included.

In-Kennel Training

Our popular “Board and Train” program. Three-weeks of in-kennel training for your dog. No equipment included.

Protection Training

Customizable training for protection of you and your family.

Search & Detection Training

Narcotics, explosive, contraband or bed bug detection training.

Executive Protection

Executive Protection Dogs from Paladin K-9, our sister company.

Prices subject to change without notice.