Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Training Certification

Robert asks…

How can I get my dog certified & trained as an Emotional Support Animal in California?

I suffer from Bipolar 1 disorder (manic depression) and regularly see a psychiatrist and therapist.
My dog is a shih-tzu. She calms me down when I am emotionally stressed, which lowers my manic state and helps me sleep better at night. She also provides socialization so I will am less likely to stay in a depressed state.

Yahoo Answers answers:

All you need is a note form your doctor as proof (just in case). Then in Cali they do not require special training for support animals. You must only prove you have a need (note) and that the animal helps you (a letter form you saying how). If you are trying to get into or stay at a no pet place just go in and request their service animal form. The fair housing act requires them to allow your pet. If you want to have free access outside your home you can go online and get a service dog cert by simply ordering one. There is no certification test.
Understand if your dog acts as a nuisance in a place (home, store, theater) you can then be asked to leave.

** Have to disagree with Oregano’s last notes on Emotional support animals not having access rights as other service dogs. My Niece has an emotional support dog that has access to any place she goes.

***An emotional support animal (ESA) is a US legal term for a pet which provides therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship and affection. Emotional support animals are not specially trained to ameliorate disability as psychiatric service dogs are. They require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to live peacefully among humans without being a nuisance or a danger to others.

In the U.S., two federal laws grant special rights to some owners of emotional support animals.

The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 USC 3601, et seq.) establishes a procedure for modifying “no pets” policies in most types of housing to permit a person with a disability to keep a pet for emotional support. The qualified applicant may either make a verbal request, or send a written request of reasonable accommodation to the landlord, in either case with a letter from a physician or prescription.[1][2] If the landlord refuses the request for accommodation, a complaint can be filed with the department of Housing and Urban Development or with the U.S. Department of Justice.

In housing that allows pets but charges supplemental rent or deposits for them, these fees must be waived. The ESA’s owner can be charged for actual damage done by the animal, but they may not require the applicant to pay a fee or a security deposit in order to keep the animal.[3]

The Air Carrier Access Act establishes a procedure for modifying pet policies on aircraft to permit a person with a disability to travel with a prescribed emotional support animal so long as they have appropriate documentation and the animal is not a danger to others and does not interfere with others (through unwanted attention, barking, inappropriate toileting, etc.).[1][4]

** last but not least ACCESS RIGHTS for both psychiatric animals (you qualify as) and emotional support animals :

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Health

Carol asks…

What insurance is best for my to dogs:?

I want to get my two dog health insurance but i don’t know which is best, and the covers more. I’ve research Aspca and it seems to expensive, and i research petcon and its really cheap and covers way more than aspca, which is a really wear. What would you recommed.
I live in whittier ca.
Has anyone try petplan

Yahoo Answers answers:

I hope my suggestion could be helpful.And here is resource that I am used to use.Check it out.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Teach Old Dogs New Tricks Meaning

Steven asks…

Is this Saying applies to Top ATheist Contributors?

You cannot Teach New Tricks to Old Dogs
Either they are stubborn or Mentally Wear Out?
Dose it mean there are more chances for young atheists to turn Right?

Yahoo Answers answers:

We have a place for young atheists too:

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