Service dog training houston – Training my own service dog?

how would i go about this? im in the houston texas area, do you know any good trainers that i could use? and also the price of about how much id be looking to spend? also here would the dog need to be certified as a service dog to go with me everywhere i went? im looking to get a lab or a bigger breed dog and have it trained. also anything else you think i might need to know! thanks!


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    In the U.S. to have and use a service dog, the person must meet the legal definition of "disabled" as set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act.

    No legal determination of disability = no service dog.

    Simply having a "disorder" does not mean one is disabled. Having a medical problem or condition does not mean one is disabled. Having depression does not mean one is disabled. Having severe anxiety and agoraphobia does not mean one is disabled. "Lack of social skills" does not qualify as a disability. Because one has had anxiety and panic attacks does not mean they are disabled. Being "impaired" is not the same as being disabled. Having a doctor give one a "diagnosis" is not the same as being disabled. Being too lazy to properly monitor ones blood glucose and insulin levels or choosing not to take prescribed medication properly is not a disability.

    The person MUST meet the ADA legal definition of disabled. A simple "doctor’s note" or a mere diagnosis of a condition is not legal proof of a disability. Neither is being a recipient of SSI, SSDI or the use of any other definition. The only definition of "disabled" which matters for service dog use is the USDOJ definition.

    Then the dog must be individually trained in work or tasks which directly mitigate the effects of the qualifying disability (the dog must do something that the person is unable to do for themselves because of their disability).The simple presence of the animal is not a legal task or work under the law.
    Because one is more comfortable with the dog around is not a legal task or work under the law. "Feeling better" because the dog is there does not qualify as a task or work under the law. "Helping me stay calm in the stores and other places" is not a legal task or work under the law. "Because he gets me out of the house" is not a legal task or work under the law. "I don't panic as much when the dog is with me" is not a legal task or work under the law. "She also seems to act weird before I begin to feel bad or have any episodes" is not a trained work or task under the law. "When I am near him and when I can hug him I feel almost whole" is not a legal task or work under the law. The dog must actually be trained to do something you cannot do for yourself, which is related to your qualifying disability. The dog must also be trained to behave properly when in the public venue, and be under the handlers control at all times. The work or task MUST be related to the qualifying disability.

    There is no "certification", "registration", "ID", or other identifying protocol in place which is legally recognized by anyone for public venue access. ALL of the businesses which offer to sell "certifications", "ID's" or anything else which they state will allow public venue access are scams and frauds designed to separate stupid people from their money.

    In short, unless you are legally qualified as "disabled" and your dog has been trained to do something for you that you cannot do for yourself, you cannot have any type of 'service dog' and cannot have your pet in any place where pets are not allowed.

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