BNADOG takes great pride in assisting individuals who are working to train their dogs to become either an Emotional Support Animal or to train their dogs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for completing the necessary training of a Service Dog.
We begin by determining which route to take. Is this an Emotional Support Animal or a Service Dog? More specifically, is your dog on its way to be trained & able to perform an essential functioning major life “task” that is difficult performing due to an impairment?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) expressly distinguishes between two types of dogs. One being an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). The ESA is a well mannered dog under it’s owners control who may provide the comfort or emotional support of it’s handler while a Service Dog has also been rigorously trained in appropriate manners and able to perform 1 or more disability-mitigating “tasks”.
A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to perform a “task” or tasks for a person with a disability. A “task” is a trained behavior that minimizes the negative characteristics of a person's disability by doing something the disabled person cannot do for him or herself, yet he/she must be able to do to function in daily living. (If an individual would benefit from a trained behavior but can more or less do it for themselves then it does not qualify as a “task”.)
The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognize Psychiatric service dogs as legitimate as any other type of service dog.
The ways a Psychiatric & PTSD Service Dogs assist their person is by:
Bringing a sense of love
Providing good companionship
Taking orders & performing trained tasks
Helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Help the individual in social situations and to meet new people
These dogs can individually act by:
Assisting in a medical crises
Assisting in treatment by subtle reminders
Giving the individual a sense of security
Helping the individual handle emotional trauma through companionship
The work & tasks that the dog is trained to perform can significantly reduce anxiety by calming persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other psychiatric conditions who struggle in performing activities of daily living (ADL).
If you would like assistance in the assessment process to navigate the certification process you may contact us at 8603041447.
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