@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?