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Old 09-08-2018, 05:39 AM
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Not a good candidate for ownng a service dog

It seems like I see a lot of dogs in service vests. It used to be really rare to see a psd.

I am allowed a dog where I live. He does some things naturally that help me. He licks my face until I get out of bed in the mornng. I get some execise by walking him. And, he is a comfort. Nothing he is trained for that would count as a service.

I have a mental condition that includes anxiety. He does help with some symptoms. (Like responding to noise, helps me know it is real)

I already feel like people are watching and judging.

I hear people saying they want to take their dog everywhere and I don't get it. I do understand if it is a need, but I don't get the desire.

My dog is still trainng and I get stressed just taking him for a walk. I have concerns of him misbehaving, but even if he were trained well I would be anxious taking him in a store or airport.

Don't get me wrong, I love my dog. I don't think I would be a candidate for owning an ESA or psd.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:54 AM
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I don't know why I posted. Just middle of the night musing. I don't think I can edit or I would remove
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I don't get the desire either. Well I do and I don't. Many think it is just that we get to go everywhere with a dog, they don't see how embarrassing it is have a meltdown in the middle of Walmart because somebody accidentally brushed against me or is standing too close behind me. Or the daily struggle to do the things that I know to be exceedingly simple for the able-bodied or the near constant dizziness, or any other symptom a disabled individual experiences. They don't see all that, they don't see how hard we have to work or how much we have to plan ahead to do what needs to be done. They see their dog's poor behavior as cute where we see it as mortifying. A dog running up and attacking their dog might be devastating because the dog is family, but at the end of the day they can continue to live life effectively unhindered where we might become house bound for weeks, months or even years should our dog become injured. For them it is a want, a luxury. For us it is a need, a hard fought right. Sadly there is no way to get the general public to truly understand, though I wish there was.
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It probably depends on how people's anxiety manifests. If a dog is really well trained, it might be reassuring for them to have their dog there.


I'm like you and always worried that my dog will behave badly though!
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Thank you
@Saria I hope I did not offend you. I don't really know what I was trying to say. I am really glad you have your dog and thanks for some insight into what you go through.
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You did not offend me in anyway and apologize if it came off that way. I have just given this idea a decent amount of thought since I have started working with my own dog, added onto the fatigue I was feeling at the time. And I am happy to offer that insight, or even answer any questions to the best of my ability. I don't claim to be an all knowing expert on service dogs, but I do have a good amount of knowledge on the subject.
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While formal training is not a requirement for emotional support dogs, they should behave well and have certain characteristics. The best emotional support dogs are generally calm and responsive to their owners’ emotions and commands.

Emotional support dogs do not have the same rights to access public places as service dogs. With a doctor’s note, however, they can go with their owners on airplanes. This note also allows you to live with your emotional support animal in housing that typically does not allow pets. Emotional support dogs are generally not welcome in places that serve food.
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