Service Dogs?

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  1. Saeleofu

    Saeleofu Active Member

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    Nope, just PSDs and ESAs. Aside from the regular health certificate that any dog needs, of course. It is pretty sad and annoying.
     
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    That leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. I'll do it, of course, but it will be begrudgingly now that I know having a mental disability requires documentation, but others don't. :thumbdown:
     
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    What I would do is have the papers, but don't offer them up unless asked. They may not ask if he's vested and well-behaved.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Thanks.

    Do you have to have a diagnosed DISABILITY to have a dog be an ESA? You would have to have a doctor's note stating that your anxiety/depression/whatever was disabling to have a dog declared an ESA?

    Or is just having documented proof that you have been diagnosed with ______ and that your dog helps you without actually performing specific tasks enough?
     
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    That's what I'll do, thanks!
    From what I understand, it has to be a disability.
     
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    Yes. The letter has to state you have a mental disability (or are elderly) and the dog helps you with the disability. For an ESA, just being there counts as "helping" - unlike service dogs, which must be task trained. Since Gavroche does know a few tasks he's technically an in-home-only service dog, but I've just stuck with the "ESA" label.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    Really, if the dog isn't right it can end up making things worse. I realized having Enzo with me was more stressful than going with a Service Human that she washed out. She washed out several years ago though, and simply enjoys being a pet in my home now.
     

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