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Should I get a service dog certification for my dog?


I have tmj chronic pain for the last 17 years. There are some days I just do not want to get out of bed. My dog helps me very much when I am home. Do you think I could get a service authorization for her, and if so do you advise I persue this?

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Laura Schneider profile image93

Laura Schneider says

5 years ago
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April (AccumulateAmerica) says

3 years ago
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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Accumulate America, I agree with 99% of what you say. However, using a certification badge or anything of the sort may get you into an establishment easier but makes it harder for the next team who comes: either with no card or a different style.


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Dubuquedogtrainer says

4 years ago
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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Excellent points! I agree with you, too!

    You don't have to say what your disability is, but you need to be able to say 1-3 ways the dog has been trained to help you. The test is optional but desired. PSDS has a similar public access test..

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P. Thorpe Christiansen (duffsmom) says

5 years ago
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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    A therapy dog is completely unrelated to a service dog and this discussion. A service dog provides services that help its disabled (whether partially or "fully") handler. A therapy dog provides services that help people OTHER thand its handler.

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