The service dog is a very special dog; he has been trained especially to help people with disabilities; blind people, those with hearing impediments, those who suffer from stress, those who experience seizures, diabetes, and more. These dogs have special rights to accompany their owners to all places protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Real service dogs have been specially bred and trained to be service dogs and it can cost a lot of money.
21 states, enacted new laws that crack down on those who try and misrepresent their pets as being service animals.
Many health professionals recommend the use of these wonderful companions in the form of service dogs if you suffer from any disability that could benefit. You do, however, need to know what the laws and requirements are to get a service dog.
It takes approximately 2 years for owners to have their service dog trained. Often it can take longer which will depend on certain factors – sometimes it might even take less time.
Because there are different types of service animals you need to understand which type you need. Look at these types:
So, for instance, you could get your service dog from a place like PAWS, who train their dogs to meet the needs of people with special needs. The dogs at PAWS are custom-trained to assist all kinds of disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, rheumatoid degeneration, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and many other conditions affecting a person’s mobility or strength. There are certain application procedures you need to consider when applying to get one of these wonderful dogs. Another place to apply for a service dog is from Little Angels, a non-profit organization, providing highly-trained service dogs for all kinds of people with disabilities.
To actually buy and train a dog that suits your needs isn’t cheap – it can cost anywhere between $15,000 to around $30,000. This is according to the non-profit Service Dog Certifications. Naturally, the exact amount will depend on the training the dog receives and also the type of breed of dog you want as your service dog and that means costs can take you as high as around $50,000.
Everyone involved in a Service Dog’s journey wants only the best for the dog and its handler. Most service dog handlers, whether trainers or owners, consider their canine friend their other half and that love is passed from the handler through the dog they trained to the person who needs that love and help, the new owner. A service dog is actually invaluable to its new owner – a wonderful gift bestowed on those with disabilities - can we get a woof to that!
Molly enjoys writing with experience covering topics all about dogs. she is an ardent lover of dogs and all other animals which is where her love of nature comes! When she gets the chance to be in the great outdoors she loves watching her grandchildren play with her pups in the sunshine!
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