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How can I get my dog certified

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How can I get my dog certified as an emotional support or therapy dog? I live in San Diego, California and was recently attacked. Thank you for your help.

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

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Dear friend,

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I believe that I can help. You can actually

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have your dog certified by the San Diego Humane Society i he or she meets certain requrements.

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You may have to join as a volunteer and attent P-ATclasses with their coordinator. You will have to go on two P-AT visit without your dog after the training is done.

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You will get a Canine Good Citizen certificate for your dog which must be neutered, one year old, and be on a diet of cooked not raw food. Then for a $40 fee you can get the vest. and certificate.

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The email address for the details of this information is:

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It is a great organization. (my daughter, a biologist, works for the chapter in Lexington KY).

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If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

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Warm regards,

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your response. That is good to know. What about seeking out a psychiatrist or psychologist or counselor, or my regular doctor? May all of these people certify my dog as an emotional support animal? If I were to go the service dog route, what would be the requirements? Thank you again. So much.

Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

Dear Gregg,

Your doctor can certify your dog an an emotional support animal. In order for a dog to be certified as a service dog it must be trained to help you with your disability (such as picking up something you dropped from your wheelchair) or alert a deaf owner to danger nearby, or guide a blind person across the street. I do not think this is what you can qualify for.. It also takes 18 to 24 months of training for a service dog.

The US Department of Justice states the "Animals whose sole function is to provide emotional support, comfort, therapy, companionship, therapeutic benefits, or to promote emotional well-being are not service animals."

You will need a doctor's letter that you are disabled and that the dog must be present for the sake of your health.

The Department of Transportation will usually allow an ESA on a train, for example, as a courtesy rather than because it is the law.

The ESA route seems to be the best way to go.

I shall keep you in my prayers for safety and protection.

Warm regards,

Elliott

Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
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