service/therapy pug

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Gizmo Joseph

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Barked: Sat Jun 25, '11 2:24pm PST 
Hello,My name is Sandra.Gizmo Joseph was more then my boy he was my life litterally.He was my service/therapy/assistance dog.He alerted me to my diabetes.He also alerted me to smell of smoke,gas.On August 28th of 2010 my Gizmo became an little angelcryeven though he was certified most places still refused to let me in with him.Something has to change.Do any of you have service animals and have you had simular issues?
♥Harl- ey - CGC- SDIT

The ultimate- oversized lap- dog
Barked: Tue Jul 26, '11 11:22pm PST 
im so sorry. I also have a service (in training) pug I have severe depression and having my boy around keeps me alert and foused. He has to be certified with a vest or bandana some way of them knowing he is a certified service dog and he can enter ANYWHERE!! Im sos orry for your loss. There is NO breed more special than the pug.

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Barked: Mon Oct 10, '11 6:03pm PST 
How do I get my dog to be a service dog? Please advise!


Love of my Life
Barked: Mon Jan 28, '13 1:50pm PST 
Hi. My name is Carrie and I have a Pug, Joey, who is my Service Dog.

The first thing you need is a letter or prescription from your doctor stating that you need a Service Dog.You must take your dog through advanced obedience training so you can be sure they will behave in public. You must train them to do at least three tasks to help you with your disability. It can not be natural behaviors like giving affection or just making you feel better. That is an Emotional Service Animal and does not qualify under the ADA rules for access.

I suffer from PTSD. So Joey is trained to turn on lights in dark rooms (my son made switches by the floor for him); at my signal he will take me to a restroom if I am dissacociating; he will bring me my cell phone to call 911. Do you see how they are specific tasks trained to help you with your disability. This takes them from the level of pets and Emotional Service Animal with no access rights, to Service Dogs that have full access rights.

As of this time there is no certifying agency for Service Dogs. You do not have to have your dog wear a special vest, but I have found it helps with Joey as people don't realize that a Pug can be a Service Dog. We do not have any questions about access.

Hope this helps!

Carrie and Joeyhappy dance