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Offline analyn

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Re: how large should a balance dog be?
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2017, 10:14:04 PM »
There are programs that place in home service dogs and they usually have a far shorter waiting list than the public service dogs. The program I last used called them "Home Helpmates".

excellent.  I have narrowed my world quite a bit due to my illness.  I would be very compatible with a SD who needs their life narrowed for whatever reason.

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Re: how large should a balance dog be?
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2017, 01:41:51 AM »
BTW, Analyn, if you are disabled and train a dog legitimate (as in not emotional support) tasks to mitigate that disability that it is still considered a service dog by law.

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Re: how large should a balance dog be?
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2017, 05:09:04 PM »
A good program will have you come for an interview and let you test drive a dog. This will help you understand how they work. Don't rule out a big dog.  A properly bred and trained service dog is a very quiet and lazy-seeming dog. I mean, they are not lazy, but they are so low key. They won't bang into your furniture or bounce around.  My program placed a lot of dogs with people in studio apartments.

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Re: how large should a balance dog be?
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2017, 05:54:26 PM »
I guess I just have a picture of me and the dog stumbling over each other.  My place is average as far as square feet--but the rooms are VERY small.   

I go back to my Dr on the 20th--I plan to contact some programs between now and then and see what they can do for me.

I don't think there is any problem with the disability being denied.  I have a diagnosis of Meniere's (people often get service dogs for that) and have been struggling with the symptoms and trying literally everything for nearly 20 years as I slowly have gotten worse and worse.  My Dr's would be willing to let me try just about anything to help.  I have a doctoral degree in Chemistry and have been unemployed for nearly ten years because I was unable to work :sad:  until about two years ago,  when I finally came up with something I could do--even though it isn't what I am trained to do so that I can work from home at least enough to support myself.  So the disability has definitely hindered my life.  I think the only problem I might have with my Dr is that they really want to see me get out more--so they may object to the idea of an in-home service dog.  But I truly am quite content with staying close to home.  My sister and brother live in my condo community, my parents live 6 miles away, I have a great neighbor who is a good friend---everything I need to be happy is here.
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