|Barked: Tue Aug 5, '08 8:57pm PST |
|A service dog is a dog that is trained to mitigate the life limiting disability of the handler and is trained to behave in public.
If your fibro is disabling, and if you have a dog that is specifically trained to mitigate the disability, and that dog is trained to behave in public, then that would be a service dog. Your disability does not have to be recognized on any type of list, you just have to have a disability that can be helped by a service dog.
If you are interested in a service dog, first you should talk with your doctor to see if he considers it disabling. Then you need to think of what you want the dog to do for you. Simply sitting in your lap while helpful for pain relief is not a trained task or work. I agree it would be helpful to you, but if this is all your dog does then it is not a service dog. You might use a service dog to assist with your mobility, for example. Brianstorm the ways in which your disability limits you and what things a dog might be trained to do to assist you.
Also, there are several ways you can go about getting a service dog. You can get one from an organization, from a private trainer, or train one yourself. There might be long waits if you want to get one from an organization, I don't know specifically. But there are other ways to go about it as well. I've written a FAQ for people considering getting a service dog that you might want to read:
Also, you might want to check out the PSDS website. The FAQ, training standards and lifestyle articles all talk exensively about the process of training your own service dog. In addition, I and others on this forum would be happy to help you with any questions you might have. Hope this helps!
ETA: many short haired breeds like Italian Greyhounds also provide a lot of heat and warmpth.
Edited by author Tue Aug 5, '08 9:08pm PST
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