Do you or a loved one have a disability that impacts daily activities? Look no further than the help of a trained four-legged-friend! From mobility assistance, to assisting children with autism, a service dog is an excellent option to improve quality of life and independence.

In this guest post provided to the AMAC Foundation, correspondent Cortney Childers takes a look at the many detail aspects of service dog acquisition and ownership, beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of the service dog classification and examples of the types of disabilities for which service dogs provide assistance.

For those just starting the process of acquiring a service dog, Ms. Childers’ article outlines the steps involved, along with housing and training considerations to be factored into the overall process. Her article provides information on a variety of organizations that can help fill in the blanks in the acquisition process, with emphasis on how specific organizations can help specific situations.

Ms. Chlders closes with this summary: “There are many organizations that provide training for different types of service dogs. Don’t discount the power of research; spend time finding groups both locally and nationally, until you come across one that matches your needs. With some work and a little luck, you’ll have an amazing four-legged service companion in no time.” Her emphasis on research is not only important, but for many it’s critical to ensuring that your venture into the world of service dog ownership is a safe and smooth one.

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