Sometimes when we're in dire straits we don't make the best decisions.  And, geting a servcie dog is a major desision.  Please use caution, and take your time.  This is lifetime commitment and should be researched carefully.  You wan to make sure that the program you choose has the background, experience and training necessary to provide a highly trained dog for your specific needs.

There is a high demand for PTSD servcie dogs, and quality is getting harder and harder to come by.  The last thing you want is to face issues that will add to your stress.  When you are matched with a dog, it should have had all the training necessary and be completely ready to work.

The following factors are meant to educate, empower an help prepare you to make an educated decision that will no only affect your life, but the life of your prospective dog.  You can find a great deal of information on the websiteds of programs.  And, you can always call the programs with whatever questions you still have after reviewing the information below.

  1. Am I sure I need a service dog?
  2. How do I think a service dog could make a difference in my life?
  3. Is it too early in my recovery process to get a service dog?
  4. Can I afford the annual upkeep of a service dog?
  5. Am I ready for potential awkward encounters in public with my service dog?
  6. How much will it cost me to maintain a service dog?
  7. How can I tell what program will be the best for me?
  8. What is a service dog?
  9. What is an emotional support animal?
  10. Would an emotinal support dog be more appropriate for me than a service dog?
  11. Can I train a service dog myself?
  12. Can any dog become a service dog?
  13. Is the organization a 501(c) 3 non-profit?
  14. Where is the program located?
  15. Do they place dogs locally, regionally or nationally?
  16. What type of service dogs do they place?
  17. Why do I have to fill ou all that paperwork?
  18. If my application is denied, will they share the reason with me?
  19. If the program doesn't approve my application, will they refer me to other programs?
  20. Wht is the average time it takes to get a dog from application to placement?
  21. What are some reasons a program would deny a veteran a service dog?
  22. How does a program determine what applicants they will take?
  23. Does the program visit my home as part of the application process?
  24. Does the program place service dogs in home with other animals?
  25. WOuld I be able to get references from people the program has placed a dog with?
  26. What is the program's training philosophy?
  27. How much does the program charge for a service dog?
  28. Do they rescue dogs from shelters to become their service dogs?
  29. Do they place puppies?
  30. What breeds fo dogs do they use?
  31. How long is the dog trained for?
  32. How old is the dog upon placement?

These are just a few questions to consider.  See more of Judy Fridono at http:www.surfgodrichochet.com articel on Do you want a PTSD service dog?