My doctor has recently brought up the idea of me getting a service dog to help me out and what not. And I thought it might be a good idea to start looking into it. But I'm not sure where to start with researching dogs and the other important things I need to know. I know that I want a medium to large dog because I am not a fan of small dogs. I love boxers, huskies, German Shepard's. Dogs like that. If anyone can help me out on finding the right dog for me I'd appreciate it :)
I actually had a bad experience with one when I was like 13 and ever since then I've been kind of freaked by them. I know its irrational lol. But I assume if I went to an adoption place and saw one that I bonded with I might. I just get nervous around them
Jenna.. Depending on your areas u can look up guide dog organization. Or maybe even breeders. You can also spending on your state. Get a dog from a shelter and train them yourself. Now I had a service dog and I trained her myself and I ordered her vests and decals from an online company. That will be a cheaper option however if u don't want to train the dog yourself there are online angecies that will put u in touch with the right place
Jenna, I also have a fear of dogs, having been chased and nearly bitten when I was younger. I now own a dog, and adore her, she's really sweet. It sounds like you enjoy working dogs anyway, so that could be useful.
At one point, I was looking into service dogs, going I might not need human assistance to get around (CRPS started in my wrists, so I couldn't move a wheelchair), and sound I was pretty small, I looked up some site that helps people get trained service dogs at a smaller price.
I don't remember the name, but if you find a dog you can trust, that would be perfect. Good luck!
Jenna I have 2 service dogs. There are a lot of things to consider. First and foremost if you rent or plan to you will want to check what breed restrictions there are. In my area they can refuse to rent to you if your dog is on the breed restriction list.
Second look at care levels. Pure breeds can have a lot of health issues, some dogs have other health issues they are prone to. Also look up the amount of homemade brushing, bathing and so forth.
Both mine are rescues. I have a lab who will do almost anything I ask from helping me up to picking up stuff, except the remote I don't know why. I don't take him into stores or anything I have my husband for that lol. I have a small tibetian spaniel that is an emmotional support dog.
Look up the ada rules on service animals. You are not required to have a vest or anything on your dog. We have found knowing the rules is the most important. Like they can not ask what is wrong with you only if it is a service animal. An animal does not need to be professionally trained and you don't have to have trainer experience.
Be very wary of those send us money and we will send you a vest and register them. The ada does not require them to be registered. Save your money or if you want buy a patch and put it on whatever dog coat you want.
Wait I'm kinda confused shamma. You said that the ada doesn't require them to be registered. Does that mean you can just get a dog (train them of course) and get a patch and dog vest or coat or whatever and that is all? If so. That honestly makes this sound even better.
Yes.Jenna. but it depends on your state. Check your statr regulations on it. But even if your state require registration. It does not mean u can't get your own dog. Because if u have a service animal and its properly trained to be calm in public no one can ask u to leave or ask u for proof. Because that valuate you rights to privacy.
Well all you would really need if you wanted to is to have a letter from your doctor. That would be all the proof u need. But if anyone ever asked you to show it or denied you entrance with your dog. U could take legal action on them.
Just remember you are talking about a working dog. They were made to pull sleds so you need to keep them busy so they don't become destructive.
I think most of your questions were answered. Wasn't sure you got the you do not need a vest for a service dog. I have a copy of my Dr letter on my phone so it is always with me.
I knew someone else that had a small dog that was trained to detect diabetic issues and she had to get ada certification to have it travel with her in the plane. That is the only time I heard of a mandatory certification. She may have just done it to make it easier.
Would you have any suggestions of dogs? I just want to get the best possible dog for me. I use a wheel chair most of the time. And have a bad memory honestly. I know some dogs can be trained to remind us to take meds.
Jenna, I'm not trying to discourage you from a Husky, but like Sham said, they are working dogs and do need to be kept busy. Have you considered looking at dogs such as from the spaniel family(cocker, Brittany, English springer, English, etc)? They are actually smaller in size then the working dogs but they have been known to make wonderful service dogs and family pets.
My opinions.... I like dogs 101 the best, it is an animal planet show but they have a website. I know when I watched the show it would rate a dog by health, amount of grooming needs, temperament and smarts. There are also websites if you search best dogs for disabilities.
I cant tell you what dog but by the information you gave you are looking for a dog that doesn't spook easy, that can walk beside you and not need to gallop, low exercise needs so when you are sick you don't get sicker having to take it for a couple mile walk, one with lower grooming needs and one with high intelligence as they are easier to train (like for remiders) remember it doesn't have to be a pony size dog you can tie ropes to doors for dogs to open and so forth.
There are lots of breeds I really like but in the end it has to be a good match. Research before so you don't have the heartbreak of it not working out. It is not something that can quickly be decided you are picking a companion for the next 10 years (very large dogs) to 20 year plus (small dogs). Another advantage of not having a big dog is life span.
Make a list of the amount of exercise you can provide the dog, amount of time for grooming, amount of money for food, dog items, vet care etc. To use while searching for your companion dog.
Of course don't forget to spay/neuter, chip, vaccinate. Also a good idea is to add a bordetella vaccine that way in an emergency if the dog has to be boarded it is prepared.
That was so helpful! I took the breed test and it came up with a lot of good options that I never thought of. So now I am doing research on 5 out of the 12 options it gave to so I know I've chosen the right one.
I'm so excited for you. I know you are gonna love having a service animal. They are awesome. My trixie ( the name ofy service animal) was great. She was able to alert me to a flare or when my sugar was low. She helped me stay calm and at night if I had an issue she was able to wake me. It was great having someone to be with you all the time . and never judge me and to lifty spirits when I was down. Your gonna love it
Yes excited to hear what the final choice is. I know my little dog helps me. Also when i am home alone the dogs are great to talk to, god knows talking to myself gets boring. Today my little pup is sick with tummy troubles so my turn to help him.