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Training my Dog to be a Service Dog - Post Transplant

Transplants | Last Active: Nov 14, 2019 | Replies (11)

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@gingerw

@transplant4traci Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We are fellow patients, family members, and caregivers who share our wealth of experiences, what has worked for us [or not]. As far as your question regarding making your dachshund a service dog, the legal definition of a service animal is one who assists an owner to perform an action that the owner cannot due to disability or impairment. An animal that provides comfort as a therapeutic benefit is considered an ESA [Emotional Support Animal], not the same thing. It is illegal to portray an animal as a service animal when they are in reality, an ESA. The training for an animal to become a certified service animal is long, can be costly. Have you contacted your social worker in preparation for your appointment, and expressed your concerns of anxiety?
Ginger

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@gingerw Is an animal that is an ESA allowed the same access as a regular service dog?

@jimhd Was your dog considered to be a service dog, or ESA? Do ESA dogs need certain training also?

I ask because a friend had considered this for his dog but never followed through completely but the dog was truly an ESA in every way, certified or not.
JK