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Old 07-05-2019, 07:05 PM
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Question adopt a rescue dog or train a service dog

Recently my parents have agreed to get me another dog. I want to train my new dog for agility and therapy dog work if I get a rescue dog. I was considering raising a service dog puppy instead. I do have school so if I got a service dog puppy, it would either have to go with me or stay with my parents. My parents don't want to have to do anything special with the service dog puppy, if they have to help they will just treat it like a normal dog. I do go to a small private school so if I were to bring the puppy, it wouldn't be crazy and chaotic. I don't really know what other information I should put here... What would be the best option for me, service dog puppy or rescue dog? Thanks!
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Hi Maggie, I can understand your exciting mood because of an oncoming new puppy, but you may need to know your purpose of getting a service dog or therapy dog. To make it clear, I would love to share something about them with you:

->Service dogs are specially trained to perform tasks that aid their owners’ disabilities (recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Acts), allowing them to live an independent lifestyle. It means your service dog will be undergone rigid training dog (for about two years) to assist with your activities.
->A therapy dog will visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other facilities to interact with patients or students in a mentally or emotionally beneficial way. Therefore, therapy dogs must be good at socializing and get accustomed to being handled by people. Basic obedient training and outstanding socialization are necessary. Also, they are also trained to comfort or alert the owner by simple tasks like hugging. Their training period is often shorter than service dogs.

Both service dogs and therapy dogs have rights to get along with you in schools, but it should be calm and obedient in class. Note that service dog training is professional and time consuming (at least 2 hours a day). You might have to send it to puppy schools when you’re at school, but it’s also money consuming.
If you are limited in your ability to perform major life tasks such as seeing, hearing, standing, walking, eating, sleeping, thinking, speaking, or other similar tasks, then you likely have a disability that would make you eligible to have a service dog under ADA laws. If you cannot ensure whether your health condition is qualified to get a service dog, simply ask for your doctor. If your illness is mild, I recommend you raise a therapy dog. Rather, if you haven’t any health issue, just rescue a pet dog at home and play with him after school.
Hope this helps
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