|Barked: Fri Mar 20, '09 11:20am PST |
|Hi all. I just found out about psychiatric service dogs recently, and I've been trying to do my homework on them. I have Aspergers Syndrome and Social Anxiety Disorder, among other diagnoses. Even with therapy and medications, my symptoms have been getting worse, particularly with respect to social interactions. I think a PSD would help a lot in my case.
I currently have two dogs, and am considering training one or both of them as PSDs, with the help of my friend, who is a professional dog trainer.
Lady is just 4 months old, and obviously wouldn't be ready for that type of training for a while. She's been through "puppy playgroup", and starts beginning obedience next week. She's a Lab/Weimaraner/something mix, and is very smart, but needs to calm down quite a bit before she'd be ready for public access. But she's young, so I'm hoping she'll mellow out sufficiently.
My other dog, Cinnamon, is the very definition of mellow. She's a purebred Golden Retriever, smart and eager to please. Public access training for her would be relatively easy. However, she's 9 years old. Would it be worth training her? My state does have the same rights for SDITs as SDs, so she could just be an SDIT indefinitely.
Also, my state only recognizes SDs used by blind, deaf, and otherwise *physically* disabled people. Aside from writing to my state senator, is there anything I can do about this? I live in a fairly disability-friendly town, so I doubt I would get many access challenges, but I would feel very uncomfortable if I were challenged and didn't have state law to back me up.
I think those were all my main questions/concerns... other than that, I'm just looking for general beginner advice.
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