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Like "Lil_Farfa" said, you can’t just bring your pet out with you no matter how well-behaved he is. In order for a dog to legally be a service dog (in the U.S.), it must be trained to do something that helps you that is directly related to your disability. A dog for emotional support, its presence, comfort, petting it, looking at it, companionship, etc. is not a service dog – this is clearly stated in the law.
If you are disabled AND your dog does a trained task/trained work specifically for your disability (i.e. if you have a panic attack, the dog is able to safely lead you away from the situation because during a panic attack you zone out/freeze and cannot do so yourself; a guide dog does guide work; a mobility dog does mobility work) AND your dog behaves impeccably/invisibly in public (which is much more than the CGC test measures, as that test is meant for well-behaved pets and service dogs are on a completely different level of behavior and temperament than that), then your dog is a service dog that can be taken in public places. Anything short of that is breaking the law.
If you are disabled, you can have your dog evaluated to see if he has what it takes to become a service dog after much training (6-12 months) and, if he passes, have him trained to help you. If he is too old (you said he passed the CGC a few years ago, so it might not be worth training him at his age) or doesn’t have what it takes to be a service dog, you could try finding another dog to be your service dog.
Do note that a service dog can actually make your Social Anxiety Disorder WORSE, not better, due to the access challenges of stores/restaurants/etc. that are guaranteed to sometimes happen as well as every time you go out, you’ll get: lots of questions from the public, the public trying to distract your dog by petting/talking to/etc. it, lots of people staring at you and making comments to their companions about you (for real – not imagined like SAD can make you feel is happening), etc. The plus is that you’ll be forced to interact with the public because of your dog, but that will happen even when you are feeling extremely anxious or just want to run a "quick errand" (there’s no such thing with a service dog at your side!). I have SAD, so completely understand it. It can be hard to go out with my service dog (who is not for SAD, but for other disabilities) sometimes.
Have you first explored other therapies, like talk therapy; using a stress ball in your pocket; medications; exercise/stretching (or yoga, if you believe in it); breathing techniques; etc.? These should be explored first before trying a service dog and can still be used in conjunction with a service dog if there is one in your future.
contact Marcia at Tinker’s Dream
She trains Service Dogs.. and I know her personally.
The two dogs on the front page… Festus (her husband’s service dog) and Tinker (her service dog)
they work with non-newfie dogs
I would e-mail you a recommendation of an internet group to join that will be of huge help to you… but I don’t want to post it public… you aren’t set up to receive e-mail contant
Waaaiit….I started to just answer your question (and I will answer it), but I think there is more to this that you don’t know.
What does your dog do?
To have a service dog, 3 things must be true…
1) You must be disabled under the ADA. A diagnosis doesn’t make you disabled. Its how the diagnosis affects you. Do you "just" fear going out in public or does your condition actually prevent you from going out in public? To be disabled, the condition must significantly negatively impact one or more major life activity. Only 1 in 4 people with a psychiatric condition are disabled by it.
2) The dog must be trained to do something that you can not do due to your disability. The key here is the dog must DO something. So, what does your dog do that you can not do for yourself due to your disability? Providing emotional support and comfort are specifically excluded by the law, meaning they don’t count.
3) The dog must be trained to behave properly in public…which where I think you are aiming with the PAT test.
Qualifying for and having a service dog is not as easy as many people think. You can’t just be sick, you have to be disabled. And being disabled doesn’t automatically make your dog a service dog. There is no certification, licensure, or testing required under federal law. As long as you meet all 3 requirements, you are legal in the US. If you don’t meet all three requirements, you are breaking the law and can be subject to big fines, jail time, and the loss of your social security when you would other wise be eligible.
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Hi, I too am looking for a Public Access evaluator in the Colorado Springs area. My dog has gone through all the necessary training needed to be a service dog. She has passed her CGC within the last 4 months but now I am looking for a tester to get her finale testing done. Can anyone help me?
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