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Service dog?

Hi guys, I have a question with how do you legally get your golden to be a service dog?

Right now Van Gogh has been in training since 8 weeks old.

He receives his CGC next week.
Currently learning how to pick up keys, locate phone, deactivate melt downs, cope with break downs...

We currently have a interview with pendragon acres which is a award winning k9 training center, knowing the training for 9 weeks starts at $5500+

I've already invested a ton into training, the Service is for PTSD. But I wasn't sure what I needed and who I had to send the papers to.

I thought I needed clearance from doctor, medical letter from doctor, then lastly CGC & training

I'm located jn FL, what is it that I need to do?

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I don't think you technically need to do any specific training to have your dog be a service dog. You can buy service dog jackets online. That being said you want to make sure your dog is very well trained. Keep him in classes and take him out everwhere to get him socialized and desensitized to different enviornments. Basically anyone can say their dog is a service dog and it can't be questioned. I have seen many "service" dogs that are definately not. Which is a big disservice to people who really need them.

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public access test

Service dog organizations utilize a public access test to make sure that the dog is well trained enough to handle public access and that the handler has full control of the dog. You can find a copy of the test on the ADI (assistance dog international) website. You can take your dog for this testing. It is way more involved than just passing a CGC or even the Delta test.

Access is a privilege and it is imperative not to ruin it for others whose dogs are in school full time for two years to learn how to help their partners.
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