How do I go about training a pet as a service animal?
And what kind of pets (besides dogs) are used?
Anything at all?
- KirstenLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The definition of service animal is currently being changed. It used to be any animal, but right now it looks like it is going to be only dogs.
The U.S. Department of Justice has published it's intention to restrict species that can be used as service animals:
"The term service animal does not include wild animals (including nonhuman primates born in captivity), reptiles, rabbits, farm animals (including any breed of horse, miniature horse, pony, pig, or goat), ferrets, amphibians, and rodents. Animals whose sole function is to provide emotional support, comfort, therapy, companionship, therapeutic benefits, or to promote emotional well-being are not service animals."
There is a rumor about that they will restrict it even further to just dogs:
Service animals are not pets. They are legally considered assistive devices for the disabled.
Step one: be legally disabled. If you are not disabled, then you cannot legally call your dog a service dog, no matter how much training he has had, or even if he has been a service dog in the past.
Discuss your impairment(s) with your medical caregivers and ask them whether these limitations substantially limit your ability to perform daily life activities. Ask whether the doctor is willing to sign a letter attesting to this or to testify in court that you are disabled. This will save you much difficulty and heartache in the future, so just get it over with now.
Step 2, train your dog to perform tasks that you cannot do for yourself, but need to be able to do to perform activities of daily life. For example, if you are deaf and cannot hear a smoke alarm, you might train your dog to give you a visual or tactile signal when the smoke alarm goes off. Task training is enough to make a dog a home service dog. A dog whose function is to tell you about a smoke alarm is not a service dog if you are able to hear the smoke alarm for yourself. Tasks are individually trained specific to the disability of the owner.
If you wish to use the dog in public, he will need additional training in obedience and public access.Source(s): I'm a service dog trainer and disability advocate.
- 4 years ago
First off, is your puppy showing an interest or what we'd consider "alerting" to you before and/or during your seizures? There are organization out there who have done a lot of research and breeding trying to produce puppies that are more sensitive who will alert to the chemical changes in the body. For seizures you can't just go buy a dog and expect to turn it into a service dog. You can contact Delta Society for more information on organizations that do provide seizure alert dogs. Most of these groups do not take outside dogs, have a long waiting list and you do have to meet their requirements showing a true need. Service dogs for people with physical or mental disabilities can be done more in the fashion you are trying to go about it. You need to check with your state on laws gover