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Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 7 years ago

How can I register my pitbull as a mental health service dog?

Hi I am 18 and I suffer from bi-polar depression and anxiety. I got a pitbull puppy Christmas of 2012. Since then I have trained him to obey basic commands plus more. He has helped me be more calm and relaxed. I would really like to register him as a service dog but I'm not exactly sure how to do so. I also would like to know what I as a dog owner would be able to do with my service dog (if I am able to register him)?

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  • 7 years ago
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    The ADA legal definition of disability is at Summery at

    "...defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered."

    ADA definition of a service dog is at

    "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

    None of the self appointed "experts" here are qualified to say you are or are not disabled or whether you do or do not qualify for a service dog. You need to consult with your doctor and disability counselors, not some anonymous yahoos who don't know you or what they are talking about.

    Service dogs do not not need to be professionally trained or to come from a special service dog training program. They can be home trained IF the owner knows what to do. It will be harder and take longer then you think it will. But there is no test, no certification, no legal standards for your dog except the loose ADA requirements.

    Some people here seem to think that they are the only people who should have service dogs, some simply lie for the sake of lying. This is not the place for a serious answer.

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  • 4 years ago

    Pit Bull Service Dogs

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  • 4 years ago

    It's the owner that needs to learn how to train the dog, so sending it away to be trained means it will work for the trainer, but when it gets home the owner will probably do everything wrong and the dog will not respond correctly. Learn how to train your dog obedience

    Part of the fun in having a well trained dog is learning to train it correctly yourself. That is also the most rewarding. Some people send dogs away for specialist training, like sheep herding, protection work or gundog training, but even then, that is the lazy way out and good trainers do their own training to get what they want from their own dogs.

    However it is always more productive to train your dog under a good instructor, especially if you are not experienced

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  • Jean
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    4 years ago

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    Well a service dog is supposed be trained to be sociable with everyone, I would take Shae to either a trainer who specifically handles correcting problems or you can even bring her to someplace like Petsmart where they have Socialization classes as well. Also take in to consideration that Shae is getting older and maybe that alone is a reason behind it. Try retraining, that should help and then you can decide if you want to return to the same facility for counseling or choose another one. Best of luck & God Bless.

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  • 4 years ago

    Dogs are surely man's best friend. This animal is the most loyal and protective animal that you can ever take care of. Once you have become a master of a dog, you are sure to be protected by your pet especially if you have treated your dog very right. Aside from providing what the dog needs, you should also train your pet dog. This is to give your pet the right behavior and habits so that it will become disciplined and well mannered. You will not have a difficult time taking care of your pet dog once it has undergone dog training. Training your dog is easy and fun especially if you have the right information to use. Here are some of the most basic advices to follow when you are training your dog.

    Advice #1: Be the boss at all times. It is a known fact that dogs can sometimes be bossy. These animals are born leaders. But keep in mind that you are the master and should always be followed by your pet.

    Advice #2: Show what is right through your actions. If you say that your dog should not hurt other people, and then show it through your actions. Do not show any sign of anger or violence. Dogs have the tendency to become violent especially when it sees it in its environment.

    Advice #3: Treat your dog as a dog and not as a kid. Do not expect your dog to understand each and every single thing you say. These are still animals that have different ways of communicating. You are actually training your dog according to their personality and behavior. One needs to be very patient in order to successfully carry out the dog training.

    Advice #4: Be consistent with your commands. You should not change mind every now and then. If you are teaching a specific lesson, stay with it until your dog learns to follow it completely. Inconsistency will have your dog confused with the commands that you are calling out. Be firm with what you are teaching. But be sure to reward your dog once it has followed your command successfully.

    Advice #5: Commit to daily dog training. Make sure that you train everyday. Skipping days will make your dog be lazy in following you. You need to make sure that you can allot time for your dog so that it can learn something new everyday.

    Advice #6: Be positive and appreciative. Dogs like to impress their boss. So if you are impressed with what your dog has done, show happiness. Give encouraging words to your dog. It will also help if you give out rewards like food or toys.

    Training your dog to be well mannered and well disciplined means that you are accepting the pet to be a member of your family. Dog training will prevent you from experiencing unlikely incidents because of your pet's misbehavior. Having a pet at home is enjoyable especially if your pet does know how to communicate with you through their behaviors.

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  • Laura
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    4 years ago

    Every dog needs some type of training. The first class I ever took a dog to was

    It's a very basic kind of class. They will help you with your dog, and show you how to work with your dog at home.

    They'll also answer any questions you have about your dog's particular problems and how to handle them. The most important thing in dog training is to be consistent and work with your dog at home on the lessons. The PetSmart class teaches sit, down, come, and the very basics every dog needs to know. They will also help socialize your dog. You are unhappy with an untrained dog, and believe it or not, the dog is actually unhappy to. You need to take your dog now, as the older he gets, the harder it will be to correct your dog's bad habits. Plus the classes are fun for you and your dog. My dog went from that first PetSmart class on to advanced obedience classes. You might also contact your local humane society. The one in my area offers obedience classes with a very good trainer at a reduced price.

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  • 4 years ago

    We tend to think of dog training as a series of steps for teaching particular behaviors. To teach a dog to stay in a particular position, you reward her as she remains in place for gradually longer times, at gradually greater distances, with gradually increasing degrees of distraction. Read more

    Now, this is fine, training does involve teaching dogs specific behaviors with a step-by-step approach. This week, though, I’m going to discuss three mental habits that will not only enable you train more effectively but also make life pleasant for both you and your dog.

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  • 7 years ago

    In the U.S. to have and use a service dog, the person must meet the legal definition of "disabled" as set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act.

    No legal determination of disability = no service dog.

    Simply having a "disorder" does not mean one is disabled. Having a medical problem or condition does not mean one is disabled. Having depression does not mean one is disabled. Having severe anxiety and agoraphobia does not mean one is disabled. "Lack of social skills" does not qualify as a disability. Because one has had anxiety and panic attacks does not mean they are disabled. Being "impaired" is not the same as being disabled. Having a doctor give one a "diagnosis" is not the same as being disabled. Being too lazy to properly monitor ones blood glucose and insulin levels or choosing not to take prescribed medication properly is not a disability.

    The person MUST meet the ADA legal definition of disabled. A simple "doctor’s note" or a mere diagnosis of a condition is not legal proof of a disability. Neither is being a recipient of SSI, SSDI or the use of any other definition. The only definition of "disabled" which matters for service dog use is the USDOJ definition.

    Then the dog must be individually trained in work or tasks which directly mitigate the effects of the qualifying disability (the dog must do something that the person is unable to do for themselves because of their disability).The simple presence of the animal is not a legal task or work under the law.

    No trained task or work = no service dog.

    Because one is more comfortable with the dog around is not a legal task or work under the law. "Feeling better" because the dog is there does not qualify as a task or work under the law. "Helping me stay calm in the stores and other places" is not a legal task or work under the law. "Because he gets me out of the house" is not a legal task or work under the law. "I don't panic as much when the dog is with me" is not a legal task or work under the law. "She also seems to act weird before I begin to feel bad or have any episodes" is not a trained work or task under the law. "When I am near him and when I can hug him I feel almost whole" is not a legal task or work under the law. The dog must actually be trained to do something you cannot do for yourself, which is related to your qualifying disability. The dog must also be trained to behave properly when in the public venue, and be under the handlers control at all times. The work or task MUST be related to the qualifying disability.

    There is no 'national registry' from which one can have their dog 'certified' from, as every registry currently available is nothing but a scam and a fraud intended to separate stupid people from their money. No one but fakers and scammers use the "ID's" from these registries anyway, as they are legally worthless.

    The first thing you must do is to be certain you meet the ADA legal definition of disabled. Begin there.

    Source(s): Husband of blind woman who uses a guide dog.
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  • 7 years ago

    First off, sorry to say, but Anxiety and bi-polar disorder are not legal disabilities that can benefit from a service dog. According to ADA law, a service dog is defined as " a dog individually trained to assist a disabled handler with at least one task they cannot do for themselves."

    A disability under ADA law is defined as "something that severely limits a major life function such as walking or breathing." A service dog must be able to learn a task that can help you. Although having asthma can be a disability, a service dog cannot assist you in breathing (carrying oxygen tanks is not a legal task).

    Although there are service dogs that help with mental health, they must be physical tasks. A dog that simply calms the handler, increases self esteem etc is not a service dog. Those dogs are called Emotional Support Animals (ESA) under the law. Dogs cannot be trained to assist with anxiety, depression, bi-polar, fears and many other psychiatric disorders. Very few can be helped with a service dog.

    2nd. There is no official or recognized registry or certification program for service dogs or ESAs under the law. HOWEVER, this doesnt mean it is easy to pass off a dog as a service dog. That is illegal and you will be liable for any and all damages your dog causes to people or other animals including real service dog teams including vet bills and the possible replacement of the service dog. There are many websites that sell certificates and IDs but these are all fake and scams. Owning these documents is considered fraud, a federal offense punishable by jail time. Many of the more popular websites are recognized as fraudulent and as such, if using them to gain access to a place, you will be denied.

    3rd. An ESA does not have access rights meaning if the place you plan to go is not pet friendly, you cannot take your dog; whereas a service dog can go almost anywhere regardless of pet rules. Service dogs require 2 years of training in order to be in a stable state of mind and not freak out in a new place or strange people. They must ignore people, animals, children and food. If the dog cannot act like it isn't there, it cannot be a service animal. If it does not have a stable temperament or a kind and gentle attitude (i.e if it barks like a maniac when the door bell rings or tries to tear down the door when the mail man comes by it cannot be a service dog.)

    ESAs do not require any special training other than just being a good pet. Under USA law you do NOT qualify, nor can you own or train for yourself a service dog. You can only have an ESA. While it is not my place to diagnose you, I can tell you what the law says and requires and it is very clear that your disabilities can only acquire you an ESA. There is a clear distinction that many people try to twist around in order to have a service dog and it just does not work. The law sounds like a big loophole but there are so many details that stop what it needs to.

    The only paperwork you need for an ESA is a note from your doctor diagnosing you with anxiety and bi-polar and maybe mentioning you would benefit from an ESA. If you do not rent an apartment that has pet restrictions and you dont fly, the note is not necessary.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me!

    Source(s): I am a Canine Science Instructor and a Service Dog Handler.
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  • 7 years ago

    You cant

    You are not disabled at all. Depression and anxiety are NOT disabilities so you can't have a service dog so stop trying to lie. By law you must be disabled and the service dog do things you cant since all the dog does is make you feel good it can't, by law, be a service dog. People like you are the reason why its harder and harder for people who need a REAL service dog to have one

    You just want to haul your dog around every where and lie about it being a service dog. Leave you damn dog at home. You are not disabled. Not to mention rentals with resections like no pets or no pitts means you can't have the dog there at all

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