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hana asked in PetsDogs · 7 years ago

training my service dog - requirements?

I'd like to train my own service dog. What are the requirements?

I have lower back pain (with medical evidence tracking over 7 years) and have difficulties bending over, picking things up, and sometimes getting up from sitting. I appear normal because I won't express my pain - am I still eligible for a service dog? and training one?

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  • 7 years ago
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    The ADA legal definition of disability is at http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm#12102 Summery at http://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm

    "...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 http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

    "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

    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 https://tr.im/7sZJ3

    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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  • 7 years ago

    You need to talk to your doctor to see if you even qualify for a service dog.

    I highly doubt you do. Even some obviously disabled people don't qualify.

    If you have problems bending over, your doctor will likely suggest a cane and pain medication. Not a dog.

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  • 7 years ago

    Lower back pain = like several million other people. One of the most common health complaints.

    Difficulty bending over = talk to anyone over age 55, and you can compare notes.

    Getting up from a sitting position = refer above.

    You will be hard pressed to find a doctor who will prescribe a service dog. More likely some pain meds and physical therapy.

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  • 7 years ago

    What did your doctor say?

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  • 7 years ago

    Your doctor needs to determine your level of disability requires a service dog - and then you would go to a specialized training center to be partnered with a dog, which will already have had quite a bit of training, to train together.

    http://www.petpartners.org/page.aspx?pid=304

    There's a list of FAQs about service dogs

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  • Shaina
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    7 years ago

    How should we know? Your doctor is the one you have to talk to about being eligible for one

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  • whimsy
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    7 years ago

    Well, your dog would never be accepted as a registered service animal, even if you managed to train it.

    You would therefore never get the license showing that you could take your dog anywhere, i.e. restaurant, that registered service dogs are allowed to go.

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