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http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdf

http://www.bazelon.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=mHq8GV0FI4c%3D&tabid=245

The issue they may have is a person having 2 emotional support animals, and why can't one ESA suffice. This would be in the realm of reasonable accommodation and what constitutes reasonable in your case.
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In public, I freeze up and completely shut down. I can't talk, can't move, and get completely blindsided with fear.

I'm sorry you have such difficult symptoms. I hope you and your therapist can develop ways for you to cope with them.

It is usually best if one devotes time and work on learning to manage the symptons you describe before adding a SD, as a SD in public draws a lot of attention and periodically disputes and challenges that can be excruciating to handle.

If you are seeking a dog to help calm you down and be more relaxed, perhaps an Emotional Support Animal would help!

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You don't need a prescription for a service dog.

What you do need is two things.

First, you need to be disabled.  Does your therapist think you are disabled?

Second, your dog needs to be trained to perform specific tasks that mitigate your disability.  Are there specific tasks your therapist things a dog could be trained to do that would mitigate your disability?

Of course, in order to go into public places that don't normally allow pets, like grocery stores and restaurants, service dogs also need to be trained for public access. 

Are you thinking you would want to train your current dog to be a service dog?  Or get a service dog from a program?
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What else are they asking for?  A letter from a health care provider should be all they need.
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I have 2 ESA' s and have just renewed my Section 8 housing and my manager is asking for all sorts of paperwork. I can't seem to find what can and can't be asked for. I'm grandfathered in as Section 8 because the apartment was bought two years ago. I say this because it seems to me they want an excuse to get rid of me. Could be mistaken. Never the less, need guideline to what they can and can't ask me to provide. I've given them the letter my therapist wrote (Rx). Had rabies, parvo vaccines certificates sent to her. They are sending this to their lawyer. So I'm a bit nervous. I can't afford a lawyer or anyone to help me. If I could find the rules on this at least I would have something to back me up. HELP!
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Hi,

I have been diagnosed with Agoraphobia with panic disorder and chronic insomnia at 15 years old which lead me to dropping out of high school in junior year. I have since acquired my GED and am attending a bachelors program.

I've been having major issues with panic attacks as afar back as I can remember and as I grew older it started being more and more dangerous for me to have them. In public, I freeze up and completely shut down. I can't talk, can't move, and get completely blindsided with fear.

My new therapist encouraged me to bring one of my dogs into his office to try and build a working relationship because I don't do well with strangers and social situations (suspected autism).  With her there it was a complete 180. She has alerted to my panic attacks before and does well in public settings (park, flea markets, feed stores, etc.) and my therapist thinks she would make an excellent SD but he doesn't rightly know how to go about "prescribing" one?

I am sort of embarrassed about my situation, mostly because I'm 23 and can't function like most of my friends, and the possible need for a canine partner that will let the entire world know I have issues. On the other hand, I would like to go to class and not have to leave in the middle of lecture because of an attack or other behaviors. Or go to a restaurant without completely freaking out and stressing my friends out in the process.

My father is less then thrilled about me having a possible SD. He thinks I need to "get passed this", "get over it, like [he] did" etc. 

Any advice would be welcome. Thank you.
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Isaac is like that too.  If he is playing he will not act like anything hurts but otherwise will act like a big baby about it.
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He's usually pretty quick to yip if I step on his tail hair while reverse heeling or on his paw so I figured he wasn't as stoic as Cole.

Sigh.  He is both stoic AND a sissy.  How can one dog be both about the same boo-boo?

Apparently yesterday during our proof-play game with the giant cat toy I made for him he pounced on the end of a stick and injured his fetlock pad on the right front leg.  It is a very minor injury, but it bled and needs some treatment (cleaning and bandaging to keep it clean while it heals).  Did he tell me when he hurt it?  No, of course not.  That would have ended the game.  :rolleyes:  I had to find out by noticing fluffy red squidge marks on the white-ish kitchen floor tiles.

A bloody paw doesn't make him yip or even limp, but what a drama queen he was last night while I was de-thatching his fluff (brushing out the dead coat) and touched his sore paw pad in the process.  He gave me such a look and a yelp like I was murdering him.  Lindsay will testify to his drama queen-ness because it took the two of us, two grown women to hold down a 10 week old puppy in the bath tub for a bath in strawberry shortcake shampoo for his trip home to Missouri.  I have never in my life needed a second pair of hands when bathing a puppy until this fluff monster arrived on the scene.  Thankfully after many discussions on the matter bathing is now down to a science for us with no more screaming (he's the screamer, not me) or wrestling matches.

This wound is a surface avulsion (skin flap) that does not require stitches or veterinary treatment, just good wound management.  Our first aid plan:
1.  Gently clean the affected area with mild unscented hand soap and water. 
2.  Apply vet-approved anti-biotic ointment with pain killer (because he's a fluffy princess)
3.  Apply bandage to keep it clean because it's wet and splashy outside.  Vet wrap over top to keep the gauze from soaking up splashes.  (Vet wrap is slightly water resistant and easier to remove than bandage tape.)
4.  Vegetable baggy galosh for affected foot when he potties because SOMEONE still has a tendency to occasionally pee on his own leg if distracted while doing his business.
5.  Examine wound and change dressing daily.
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The ADA does not apply to VA facilities.  VA facilities essentially belong to the federal government and the entire federal government, all of its offices, agencies, etc. are exempt from the ADA.  The VA is bound by Congress's Camp LeJune Act and by their own regulations under the Rehab Act.  Each federal agency writes their own regulations to implement the Rehab Act for their own agency.  The regulations are not the same for all agencies.  There are differences because there are differences between the agencies (what they do, how they function, how they interpret the Rehab Act).

It surprises me how many people want to discount or ignore the regulations Agency X makes about service dogs while they embrace the regulations Agency J made as if one were somehow more legitimate than the other.  They're the same amount of legitimate.  They just apply in different situations.  Specifically, the stuff people always want to quote about service dogs under the ADA is a regulation written by the Department of Justice.  Congress's version of the ADA never mentions service animals at all.  So the "ADA definition of a service animal" isn't really the ADA definition, but the DOJ's definition as it applies to those entities it regulates (state and local governments and public accommodations, but not employers, not federal government entities, not private homes, not citizen landlords, not churches, not private clubs, not Native American tribal councils, etc.).

There are different (similar) laws that do apply to most (but not all) of the federal government but they do not give PWDs exactly the same rights as the ADA gives them when visiting public accommodations.

That said, even the ADA does not give people the right to have out of control dogs in businesses or to have them off leash unless there is a very specific and compelling reason why the dog must be off-leash (ie the handler is physically unable to hold or use a leash, or the dog is performing a specific task where the leash would interfere with the task).
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Kirsten, the "gentleman" has had multiple run-ins with VA security.  In December he was caught with the dog off-lead and had to use his belt as a leash and then recently was seen to be giving overly harsh physical correction to the same dog.  He's been ticketed and found guilty of disorderly conduct and failure to leave.  The two females interviewed both claim their dogs are certified.  All three think the ADA has been violated as does some guy from the Center for Independent Living.

I just don't have any sympathy for people that can't/don't/won't take the time to read up/learn about their rights and responsibilities.
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