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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need a service dog?

Sometimes in the morning I feel really sick or I feel like I'm going to faint and I have to take pills, at school my head hurts it comes out of now where and it lowers my strength and my energy so I have to ask my mom to pick me up and drink my pills and rest for a couple of hours this happens daily i have a 4 month old gsd he's trained a little,so do u think I'll be needing a service dog
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No Idea. Maybe you should ask your physician.

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This isn't a question that you ask others. My gf has similar issues with POTS and diabetic. It really takes a special dog to be a service dog. Your dog MUST be task trained before doing any public access. Where did you get your dog?
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Aren't you having issues with your dog growling at others??
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Most places that train service dogs require a prescription to be able to enter the program, either to get one trained or to help you train your dog. The dog must also be able to pass a temperament test. As konathegsd said, it takes a very special dog to be able to complete the training.
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I'm personally working with my baby boy to be a service dog; I have POTS and after a few serious injuries resulting from the fainting and vertigo, I realized I needed help. I'm not a physician by any means, so I don't know what your situation suggests medically, but what exactly do you think a service dog would help you with? They can't cure a headache, and if you don't have balance problems and aren't actually fainting a lot, I don't see how you think a dog would help.
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I'm personally working with my baby boy to be a service dog; I have POTS and after a few serious injuries resulting from the fainting and vertigo, I realized I needed help. I'm not a physician by any means, so I don't know what your situation suggests medically, but what exactly do you think a service dog would help you with? They can't cure a headache, and if you don't have balance problems and aren't actually fainting a lot, I don't see how you think a dog would help.
I know the fainting problem all to well. My gf faints all the time. This next year she is getting a new pup to train as a service dog for her pots/ insulin autoimmune syndrome. Then after certified from the ofa training for mobility.
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Aren't you having issues with your dog growling at others??
Unless u cuddle or try to get him mad but hes friendly to other people
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That's a question I think you should be discussing with your doctor
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Unless u cuddle or try to get him mad but hes friendly to other people
This basically ruins your dog's chances of ever being a public access service dog. He is too sensitive. Service dogs must be UNFLAPPABLE.

If some strange kid runs up and hugs the dog, or some idiot tries to wave a stick at him threateningly in order to provoke him (Both these things have happened to people who I personally know who have service dogs) the dog still MUST. NOT. GROWL. Or show any other signs of aggression.

It may not seem fair, that the dog can't even defend himself, but service dogs are held to much higher standards than pet dogs.

As far as if you need a service dog, as others have said, your doctor can help you determine that
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