Service dogs, how to get your dog 'officially' certified.

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12 Feb 2009, 7:34 pm

I'm in Australia. I'm wondering what people's experience is of this process, I'm struggling to find any info on how to go about it, except for one website which requires 6 months of dog training and this is for very specific tasks related to specific disabilities etc etc etc.

I've had them since pups, they are 'trained' by me, so is there an easy way?



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12 Feb 2009, 7:41 pm

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I'm in Australia.


With Skippy the Bush Kangaroo as your avatar I had somewhat guessed this. (Though the show was syndicated here in the U.S. when I was a kid.)

Sorry, no input on your question though.



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12 Feb 2009, 7:54 pm

What services do your dogs perform for you?


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12 Feb 2009, 8:14 pm

Well i'm socially isolated, they provide me with a sense of security, a fur family, a clan, someone who is happy to see me and greets me when i come home and they accompany me on outings... I don't have any friends or social life or job/study.

other than that they keep me in the 'here and now' in terms of having to care for another creature and that stops me drifting off into navel gazing or daydreaming. they taught me how to be patient (an important social skill).

I don't know what else, it's quite hard to quantify what one's dogs do for one.



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12 Feb 2009, 8:18 pm

I think the question was what exactly do you want to have the dogs certified to 'do'. I also have a aussie shepards that are smarter than most humans but they are not speficifcally trained to do anything in particular except cook diner, do the wash, feed the cats, fetch the mail, read me a story and bite burglars.


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12 Feb 2009, 8:21 pm

i would like to know this as well but I am in the us so it may be different



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12 Feb 2009, 8:43 pm

[huge img broken by lau]http://64.172.168.34/leader/fam-20.jpg[/img]


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12 Feb 2009, 9:06 pm

I remember someone tried to get me certified, it didn't work!



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12 Feb 2009, 9:06 pm

scary! and hairy! that's an unusally long coat.

gary, it's a really good idea to resize your photos (in terms of pixels or whatever they call it) so that they load quickly, there's some free photo editing programs around. i only have slow broadband and some people are still on dial up.

here's a thread about free photo editors

http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt90942.html



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12 Feb 2009, 9:19 pm

also that pic is wider than some peoples screens, on many forums that is considered rude



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12 Feb 2009, 9:21 pm

I pretty much think that diaup people suck hind tit and deserve the agony they have to endure but that's just my personal opinion which nobody asked for. She's a big dog so the picture is big. I once posted a picture of my dick and it was small so the picture was small. Everything is relative and temporary and this post will be forgotten in exactly 55 minutes.


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12 Feb 2009, 9:38 pm

Garyww, I think your dog is pretty, especially in its face and the pattern in the coat. Its eyes seem intelligent, too.


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12 Feb 2009, 10:05 pm

garyww wrote:
I pretty much think that diaup people suck hind tit and deserve the agony they have to endure but that's just my personal opinion which nobody asked for. She's a big dog so the picture is big. I once posted a picture of my dick and it was small so the picture was small. Everything is relative and temporary and this post will be forgotten in exactly 55 minutes.


there's no need to get so defensive - it's internet courtesy and i wouldn't be surprised if there are guidelines for posting pix on this site. autistic people are quite likely to be on low incomes and many can't affford more expensive internet connections.



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12 Feb 2009, 10:06 pm

I don't know HOW to get him certified, but authorities would most likely only care about the keeping you in the here and now aspect, I'd list it first, if not alone while trying to get some sort of certification.



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12 Feb 2009, 10:11 pm

the rules wrote:
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12 Feb 2009, 10:32 pm

The 'page' format depends on your browser and on my browser this picture is perfectly within the page border format so sue me.


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