A lot of individuals are interested in getting a service dog and, perhaps, you are one of them. Honestly, why are you considering a service dog? Perhaps, because you need some assistance in your daily life. However, there are some important considerations to take into account before you get one.
Getting a service dog means allocating some serious amount as it may cost you from several hundreds to some thousands of dollars. The cost usually includes application fee, payment for equipment, training. In addition to that, there is also called maintaining cost, which is estimated at around $1,600 annually (cost varies based on location). However, there are available ‘scholarships’ offered by various state agencies and local civic organizations meant to help those who want to send their service dog for training. In addition, there are dog programs that are offered at affordable prices such as the program provided for service dogs in San Diego by ProTrain.
Aside from taking the costs into account, you will also need to consider the care it needs. Having a service dog means caring for the animal on a daily basis. In other words, it is an also an investment of time; there is a need for your service dog to fit into your lifestyle. Although a service dog is meant to help you in your daily living, you will need to do reciprocate such service with the necessary care. A ‘symbiosis’ relationship it is. For instance, you will decide when will you walk the dog or when will you feed it, or when is the scheduled grooming, among others.
The possible legal constraints
It is imperative that you understand the possible legal constraints when getting a service dog. You need to know the law associated with service dog in your state so that you will not be entangled with the legal complexities that possibly come along with it. At the same time, know your legal rights (and the rights of your service dogs). For instance, what are the restrictions associated with having a service dog during your air travel?
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