Robert: I want to know the cost of having a dog training as a service dog?
I want to train my dog as a service dog and I'm wondering what the cost is of having a dog trained to be a service dog. I will remain the dogs handler. The training I'm interested in is for therapy and for search and rescue. She is almost a year and knows all her basic obedience. The other part of my question is if she is a service dog in "training" do the rules remain the same as a fully trained service dog? Most apartments allow a service dog even if they don't allow pets but I'm wondering if the same is true if a dog is being trained? No this is not just so I can get an apartment or condo that allows service dogs and not "pets" I want to help people.
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Answer by Achelios
a therapy dog is not a service dog, a therapy dog goes places to help others
a search & rescue dog is not a service dog. a S&R does goes places to look for others
neither of those are Service Dogs
you have to be a person with a qualifying disability & the dog has to be trained to mitigate the disabling condition
I have a fully trained SD; he is trained to me & my disabling conditions. If my mom tried to claim him as SD, she would fail.. simply because his training is specific to my disabling conditions
It is not the dog that has the access rights... it is the disabled person who has rights to have their properly trained SD with them
without a letter from your doctor, you will not get a dog, whom you are claiming as a service dog, into housing
I was owner-handler with a training team for my SD --- it cost me just under $ 30,000 in 2002-2004 to train him
SDiT is not covered under federal law - some states provide SDiT access in public
SDiT are not recognized under FHA for housing
Answer by mariahleadme
Here is the legal definition of "service dog" under Federal law:
Effective March 15, 2011, “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”
Nothing there about 'therapy' or 'search and rescue'.
All you would have is a well trained pet, and all pet laws would apply accordingly.
Answer by TheRavenAZ
A dog trained for " therapy and for search and rescue" IS NOT a service dog. Please see MariahLeadme's definition. Since you are not disabled (that you mentioned) you wouldn't qualify for one anyway.
" if she is a service dog in "training" do the rules remain the same as a fully trained service dog?" Since she wouldn't be a service dog, this doesn't apply. But no, the "rules do not remain the same". A Service dog IN TRAINING does NOT have the same legal protection as fully trained service dogs under ADA law. Each state assigns what protection and access a service dog in training does - or doesn't - have.
"Most apartments allow a service dog even if they don't allow pets but I'm wondering if the same is true if a dog is being trained" - No. As said before, service dogs IN TRAINING do not have the same legal protection or "rights" as fully trained service dogs. You'd have to check with your state's laws on service dogs in training (if there are any) and the rules of each specific apartment (landlord). Some are more lenient than others and may allow service dogs in training.
So if you want to train your own Therapy dog (which visits others in hospitals and nursing homes) or for search and rescue, these animals would legally still be considered pets and governed by the laws regarding them.
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