|Barked: Fri Mar 1, '13 12:42pm PST |
|First, I hope you read this all the way through, I in no way intend for this to be rude/harsh/offensive and if we were talking in person it'd be easier to see that.
I'm a little concerned, what do you mean she "doesn't have the temperament"? Do you mean in a therapy dog setting where you bring her into hospitals and stuff?
If your dog doesn't have the right temperament for that it would be inexcusable and simply irresponsible for you to use her as a service dog.
First, as previously said, make sure you're legally disabled. Then go get your CGC (canine good citizen). If she cannot pass that test she, in all honesty, has no place to be in public environments that do not allow dogs and will need a lot more training until she actually can pass it.
Wanting to take her everywhere with you seems nice in theory but it's actually a pain in the butt unless you truly need it. You'll constantly get access challenges and rude remarks. And if she isn't 100% trained to an acceptable service dog standard it will just make the lives of other handlers more difficult.
When it comes to handling a service dog it goes beyond just you, you need to think about the other service dog teams that may be impacted by the impression you leave. It's also about your dog. If she doesn't have "the right temperament" it could just be unnecessary stress and make her feel uncomfortable; that's not fair to Lily.
After you consider these points and think honestly about it then start hard-core training, aim for passing the CGC at the very least. Then start thinking of tasks she can do.
Just being there with you to calm you down is not a task. It must be something like... if you have PTSD and people getting too close to you triggers flash-backs/panic attacks, that she will circle or block those people from invading your boundaries to prevent such reactions -- this must be in a non-confrontational way; any form of aggression is unacceptable.
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