twizard asked in PetsDogs · 5 years ago

I would like to get a service dog that I can take with me anywhere, on public transportion, etc.?

How do I?

Thanks all!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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    There are several ways of obtaining a service dog, either through an organization or one they can be trained to perform tasks specifically for your disability that will assist you With Every day tasks such as picking things up if you have a mobility problem to helping you balance as you walk to listening for dropped items if you are hard of hearing. Each person has their own specific needs and the dog assigned to them is trained in the needs.

    If you go through an orginazation they usually have an application form you fill out and send in. Some charge a small fee from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on whom they are associated with in our area at least. They will usually ask for documentation that you are in need of the use of the dog, that's where people get confused that you need a prescription from the doctor to apply for the dog. It's not a prescription as much as it is a validation that you have a medical condition that could benefit from the use of a service dog and in the doctors opinion you are well enough to handle and care for the dog. - some applications vary but the majority of them follow the basics to begin with.

    Sometimes there is a fee for these animals and other times not, again a lot depends on availability and sponsorship that is available and each individual organization etc. If you are paired with a service dog there is usually a transition period she you will go through a couple weeks or more of training to learn the commands of the dog and if the two of you are compatible etc. once you pass the class and graduate the dog is yours as long as the dog lives.

    There can be a waiting period for these wonderful dogs, it's not like you can apply and get a dog a month or two later. It is quite a process and it takes a long time to train these dogs. Several hundred hours after they have mastered the basic obedience commands and have good recall. Guide dogs take ten times that of a service dog, that's why they take so long to train, it's not a matter of a couple months but a year or more after they are mature.

    Service dogs are allowed to go anywhere their handler is allowed to go, public restraints, theaters, church, grocery store, public transportation etc. as long as the dog is quiet and not disruptive or doesn't threaten other people or other animals. You cannot be charged admission for your service dog and you cannot be asked to leave someplace because it is posted no dogs allowed. Service dogs are exempt. People do confuse a service dog with a therapy dog or an ESD. - emotional support dogs are not service dogs and do not have the training of a service dog nor are they allowed in public places like a service dog is.

    If you look up the website

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

    It tells you a lot about service dogs etc and covers most of the questions you may have about the dogs. Hope this helps.

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  • 5 years ago

    Sometimes there is a fee for these animals and other times not, again a lot depends on availability and sponsorship that is available and each individual organization etc. If you are paired with a service dog there is usually a transition period she you will go through a couple weeks or more of training to learn the commands of the dog and if the two of you are compatible etc. once you pass the class and graduate the dog is yours as long as the dog lives.

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  • 5 years ago

    Sometimes the SPCA has special service dogs for adoption.

    Or just break your skull so you can get Epilepsy and then get a dog that helps you with that.

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  • 5 years ago

    You have to have a disability in order to take advantage of legal entitlements for service dogs. Lying, strangely, does not count as a disability/

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  • 5 years ago

    I have a service dog. Here you go....

    Step 1 have a disability!!

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  • 5 years ago

    You have to be severely handicapped to need a dog to preform learned tasks to help you do things you cannot do. You need a Doctor to authorize the need for a Service Dog. Most people cannot even get one cause the service they are needing is not one that would qualify you for a Service Dog. These dogs have to fall under a very specific guidelines & many service dogs are not real service dogs. Lots of people try & do scam the system but they usually get caught.

    A Service animal doesn't even NEED to be dogs. You could get a monkey specially training to do the services you need done.

    I don't think this will work out for you.

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    • philospher77
      Lv 6
      5 years agoReport

      Stephen - you may not need a doctor to authorize the need for a service dog, but you will need to be prepared to defend your request for a reasonable accommodation if required. That means having proof that you are disabled, and that the dog is a mitigation. That means info from your doctor.

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  • 5 years ago

    Only people that qualify get service dogs what makes you think you qualify?

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  • Amber
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Well, why do you need a service dog and what qualifies you to have one?

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  • 5 years ago

    It is federal law that service animals, even when in training, are allowed everywhere their owners go.

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Sorry but unless you are blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair, you can't get a "service" dog that you take anywhere you want.

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