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Old 01-21-2016, 05:56 PM
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I would definitely suggest going down the professional assistance dog route rather than getting a pet dog that way you know you're going to get a dog who's able to, in the nicest possible way of course, handle your girlfriend and her issues.

We got our 9 year old rescue dog Jax, two months before my dad unexpectedly died from cancer, it was so quick, it took 13 days from diagnoses to death and I was there at the end for what's called his 'traumatic death'. So obviously it's all been a little bit difficult and Jax has his issues himself, the hard part is knowing how much of that was down to our individual situation and the state I was in? He's so much better these days, well we both are actually but we've also both been on anti-anxiety meds in recent months and to watch him when I'm struggling his really hard, he really feels it to the point he struggles too.

Don't get me wrong we're a fantastic pair and I wouldn't change it for the world, I just wouldn't want your girlfriend to have anything else to deal with like I have!

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Do you want an Emotional Support Animal or a Service Dog? An ESA is not considered more than a pet and can't go to public places with your fiancee.
A service animal can take years acquire as the waiting lists are very long. Also, in order to qualify as a service dog, the dog needs to perform some kind of task for the person. I don't think that calming a person down is a service dog task as any pet dog can do that.
You need to do more research into the service dog manner. Usually a service dog is reserved to those with physical disorders such as the blind or people with brain disorders.

Calming a person can be a task depending on the circumstances and how it is done. Having had an ESA while we were waiting to get a Service Dog for our son I can explain the difference. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and has meltdowns. We got a cat as an ESA to test if a service dog would help, and to help while we were waiting to get the service dog. When he had a meltdown we would get the cat and take it to him and petting the cat calmed him. The service dog is trained to recognize the beginnings of a meltdown and intervenes, depending on the situation uses one of a couple different techniques to disrupt the behavior. In other words, to calm him.

The cat does nothing but be there, we were the acting agent, the service dog was trained to recognize and react, that is what makes it a task.
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