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Ten Things You Might Not Know About Service Dogs

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Ten Things You Might not know about Service dogs

1.Only dogs can be service animals. Miniature horses are allowed in some cases.

              

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2.You can deduct the entire upkeep of your service dog off your taxes under medical expenses. That includes all veterinary expenses, training, purchases, including the purchase of a service dog.

3.Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

4.Calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties for this disorder ARE qualified service dogs.

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5.Service dog have access to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of a facility where the public is normally allowed to go . An example of where a service dog would not be able to go would be in hospital operating rooms or burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.

6.Small dogs are becoming increasingly more popular as service dogs. Not only because most of them train just as easily as large dogs, but they also live longer, eat less, take up less room, and are easier to handle for people who are fragile or weak.

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7.There are five time more PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) dogs now then there was two years ago. And this number will continue to increase as PTSD becomes a more recognized disability.

8.Service Dogs can predict heart attacks, seizures, and blood sugar levels for Diabetics.

9.Service dogs are supposed to be well behaved in public. But there are circumstances where aggression is an exception to this rule. Some seizure alert dogs are trained to keep people away from someone having a seizure. This is because most of the public does not know how to handle a person having a seizure, or stopping the person from harming themselves while having one.

10.A Service dog own is not being “cruel” by not allowing you to pet their service dog. By petting a service dog you are distracting the dog from its duties and putting that person at risk. Always ask before petting or even distracting a service dog. 

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