|04-12-2014 07:41 AM|
|04-12-2014 04:01 AM|
|Pax8||If I remember correctly, you need a doctor's note to register an animal as an emotional support animal. I don't believe they have to have certain behaviors like a service animal does, but they do have to have general manners. Depending on where you feel you might need your dog to accompany you will tell you whether you need a service dog or emotional support animal. Emotional support animals are a bit easier to certify, but do not have the same access rights as service animals. There is definitely some specific law to look into regarding the difference, so that is another thing to consider.|
|04-12-2014 02:35 AM|
My PTSD isnít documented other than when I filled with the VA. Again, Iím still working with the VA but itís one road block after another it seems like. Thanks for the information and ill look into emotional support dogs. Maybe ask my personal doc to see if itís something he can help me with.
|04-12-2014 02:10 AM|
I have some of the same issues in crowds. Mine was far worse in the first 6 months after deployment, but has since tapered off to a very manageable level. My VA Counselor helped me with some calming exercises. I know that I experience none of these symptoms when I have my dog with me. I think you may benefit greatly from having at least an emotional support dog.
If your PTSD is in your records and service connected, you can get a Service Dog. You may qualify for a donated dog as well. There are a couple of organizations doing this. I will have a look around and see what I can find. It's been a while since I read about them.
Here is something to look at too:
|04-12-2014 02:03 AM|
|04-12-2014 01:59 AM|
Also there is this school, but I'm not sure what their restrictions are on what dogs are used and handler training and so on. It might be worth a call though.
Sunstone Service Dogs
|04-12-2014 01:58 AM|
It looks like this school is in your area and deals specifically with helping individuals train their pets to be service animals. Might be a good lead, if nothing else.
|04-12-2014 01:53 AM|
Service Dog?? (moved to service dogs from gen info)
A little back story: Iím a veteran and since I got out Iíve noticed a few things but one big thing. I HATE CROWDS!!! Itís not only a hate, when I go anywhere that I know will be somewhat crowed I getting really bad anxiety and once Iím there I tend to have a little panic attack. I mean Iím not running outside screaming but I find myself constantly looking around, checking people out, looking for the closest exit, and feel trapped. I have found that when I do take my dog with me in public places I feel secure, like I have someone watching my back, that mind sound stupid because itís a dog but I donít know how to explain it better then like a Battle (Battle is a term we used for Battle Buddy). I have a friend with a PTSD dog and itís got me looking onto it. Heís training his dog himself for crowd control and other things but I was wondering if anyone had any information on how one would even start to see if they qualify to have a service dog and if they do how do you get the proper certification?