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Anyone have a hav service dog?

Hey All,
Just wondering if any of you know of or have a 'small' service dog.

I will be certifying my pup as a therapy dog, but I'm now considering certifying him as a service dog also (40 tasks), specifically for children with Autism as I am a speech therapist serving in the public schools and it'll be perfect for those students.


I've never seen a 'small' service dog, a dog under 20 lbs.

thanks,
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One of our owners, Eileen Marshall who used to post here, has one that does some pretty amazing stuff and is a certified service dog. He can get her pills out of her purse, pick up anything she drops, pull off her socks, dial 911 on a special phone, and other things you don't normally see dogs do. He goes with her to restaurants and stays under the table at her feet with his little Service Dog vest on.
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Thanks Tom,
hmmm, only one Hav service dog....
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One of our owners, Eileen Marshall who used to post here, has one that does some pretty amazing stuff and is a certified service dog. He can get her pills out of her purse, pick up anything she drops, pull off her socks, dial 911 on a special phone, and other things you don't normally see dogs do. He goes with her to restaurants and stays under the table at her feet with his little Service Dog vest on.
that's amazing!

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Yeah, Eileen's an amazing trainer. She's music director a big church and plays with a Symphony too. Ben goes with her to those too. He's a full brother to our Juego-a Posh/Frolic son. He also finished his Championship in two weekends when he was barely old enough to show. She has since had him neutered and he is living a wonderful life. Most people don't realize how much you can accomplish if you don't have to worry about potty training when they are young.

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^ So true about the potty training. Roscoe learned SO MUCH when he was little because he was completely potty trained by 3 months -- Tim and I were just discussing tonight how he has had less than 15 accidents in his whole life. LOL I think Stella had that many the first day she was home! He knows so many tricks and commands, and had mastered most of them by 4 months. He is going to start doing rally soon!

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I don't know of havs but I know a lot of people who have done it. There isn't set approved organizations or set tasks so depending what you wanted or needed it will be different. Unfortunately I know a lot of people who have done it who don't need a service dog but want their dog to go with them everywhere. The laws are pretty open on requirements and there are companies that will certify you for a few bucks too.

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I don't know of havs but I know a lot of people who have done it. There isn't set approved organizations or set tasks so depending what you wanted or needed it will be different. Unfortunately I know a lot of people who have done it who don't need a service dog but want their dog to go with them everywhere. The laws are pretty open on requirements and there are companies that will certify you for a few bucks too.
That's for sure! When we flew out to California last month, there was a French Bulldog across the aisle from us. The dog was a mill dog (the owner told me that) who, due to poor breeding, developed back problems and was now paralyzed behind, completely incontinent and used a wheel chair. SUPPOSEDLY, this dog was a "service dog" and therefore got to ride in her lap. (it was certainly to big to fit under the seat, even without its infirmities) Its wheel chair took up an entire overhead compartment by itself, on a completely full flight, meaning other people had to check their carry-ons.

I have a hard time imagining what kind of service a paralyzed bulldog could do. Sorry if I sound skeptical.


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I'm surprised the bulldog could fly. I have friend who owns one and he was told by his vet in 3 different states that he couldn't fly due to his facial structure.

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Well a "service" dog doesnt fly under the seat actually. In fact, they have to provide room for the service dog so that it doesnt impair it's duties so this usually means they get left out in an aisle. Also the airline isn't allowed to ask about your handicap, etc. All of the things ADA protects applies to service dogs and airplanes as well. I have a friend who does have seizures and she had her dog certified (honestly I have never seen this dog provide a duty) but she takes it everywhere and will pull out her certification forms but she says hardly anyone asks about the dog (she doesn't have to but she had a badge made as well). It is a breed that is commonly used for service so she hardly gets asked though!

When I flew to Chicago for the last national, I was next to a vizuala. I could see the tattoo in it's ear and it had on a muzzle cover. I thought what kind of service dog but it was bomb detection. The owner was nice enough to tell me it wasn't for the plane we were on But he says he usually gets the emergency exit seating and they will try and leave those two seats free for him and the dog.

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