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7 Things to Consider Before Getting a Service Dog

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source: The Mighty

year: 2017

authors: Lesley Nord


My service dog is my lifeline. We are a great team. Part of becoming a team is the preparation. Here are seven things to seriously consider before deciding to get a service dog.

1) What tasks will my service dog do to mitigate my disability? Tasks or work that directly mitigate your disability differentiate your service dog from a pet.

2) Am I ready to spend my life with a dog, who has the brain of a toddler and will always require extra steps and preparation (though s/he helps me and gives me freedom)? Service dogs are great help, but they require guidance and direction. Living with them and going anywhere with them requires extra planning and preparation. It truly is a change in lifestyle.

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