Anyone good with service dog laws?

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    lizzybeth727 New Member

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    Apparently the House just passed a bill, H.R. 198, the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act. I've read what seems to be the full text of the act, and I'm having a hard time understanding it.

    Basically I'm trying to figure out if they're talking about training therapy dogs, dogs who provide affection and comfort for people in stressful situations; or service dogs, dogs who are trained to perform tasks that mitigate a person's disability. Because it sounds like the whole point of this program is to see if the dogs lessen the symptoms of PTSD in veterans (which sounds like a therapy dog), rather than helping people with PTSD in their activities of daily living (as a service dog would do).

    Also, it requires "certified service dog trainers," and, sadly, there is not currently any certification process for service dog trainers.

    I know I've had a long day and am very tired, though, so I'm very likely missing something here. Can anybody help??
     
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    I'm way beyond processing this at the moment - it's been a long day. But I'll take a look tomorrow.
     
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    From what I understand about the situation, is the gov is going to subsidize the training of psych service dogs for vets with PTSD through the VA. It's quickly proving to be a much more effective therapy, and cost effective, than putting them on anxiety meds and anti depressants. They've actually been talking about passing this for several years because the guys at Ft. Lewis approached the trainer who mentored Strider and I about contracting with her to train dogs for the vets when it did pass.

    Strider is awesome by the way. He was the pilot dog for Operation Wolfhound, which strictly serves veterans with PTSD now. They said without him there wouldn't have been a program, and from what they said OW is one of the orgs they watched closely to see how effective the dogs are at treating/mitigating disabling PTSD.

    Edit: So basically it doesn't effect existing access laws one bit. They're pretty much just attaching service dog training facilities to a few VA hospitals to see how the programs works out before making it more widespread.
     

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