|Barked: Fri Jun 22, '12 3:03pm PST |
|What you want is not a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a pet that that goes to places like nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, etc... to bring joy to others.
What you are talking about is either a service dog or an ESA.
For both, the person must meet the ADA definition of disabled. A diagnosis does not make a person disabled. It is how that diagnosis effects the person. The condition must substantially limit one or more major life activity in order for the person to be disabled.
There are differences between what a SD and what an ESA are.
A SD is trained to do task and/or work to mitigate the person's disability. This means that the dig must DO something the help the person with the disability. Providing emotional support alone, or just making a person feel better by the dog merely being present does not count. If the service dog is going to work outside the home, it must also be trained to behave properly in public. It takes, on average, 18 mo-2 years to fully train a service dog from a puppy.
An ESA (Emotional Support Animal) is a pet that makes a person feel better just by being there. An ESA needs no special or advanced training. However, there are also not allowed in non pet friendly public places and are not covered under the ADA. They are, however, covered under the FHA and ACAA and allowed to be in no pet housing and on planes.
I hope this helps you figure out exactly what you need.
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