If you are considering training for a Service Dog, you should consider the following

1) Are you or the person that the dog accompanies Physically or Mentally Disabled as defined by the newly amended ADA Law of March 2011?

2) Has your Dog been temperment tested to determine if they have the correct temperment relative to the Service they shall provide?

3) Can you or Disabled partner provide proper and adequate Housing, Veterinary Care, Nutrition, and Continued Training thorughout the life expectancy of the animal?

4) Do you have knowledge of local access laws and appropriate public behavior expected of a Service or Assistance Animal?

5) Does the Disabled Partner or Caregiver able to provide Combing, Brushing, Baths and General Grooming of the Serivce Dog? Or do they suffer from Allergies? You may consider a hypo- allergen Service Animal or none at all. Most care of the Service Animal is the responsibility of a caregiver of the disabled or a Grooming Service. Sometimes the Disabled can care for the SD themselves, depending on their disability.

Service Dogs can come in ALL breeds with different coats, colors and sizes which can be relative to the tasks that they perform. They can improve the quality of life and independence for the disabled that they serve. General care is an important part of their daily lives, but when the disabled handler can no longer care for them, a caregiver must. The Service Animal takes care of the Disabled handler and in return they should receive the best care possible.
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