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Are You Ready?

Is a Service Dog Right for You?

There Are Some Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Apply To Become A Member Of CVSDU

These questions are meant to help you be honest with yourself and those you are close to about whether a Service Dog would be a good fit for you and your situation.

There is no doubt that the benefits of having a Service Dog far outweigh the challenges but having a Service Dog is not the right choice for everyone who has a disability.

If you are thinking about applying to be paired with a Service Dog, please consider the questions that follow carefully.

There is no right or wrong answer to these questions. The questions do not have simple yes or no answers; they are meant to be thoughtfully considered over a period of time taking in both facts and feelings.

Having a Service Dog will have an impact on every part of your life including family, friends, work, recreation, and your mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being.

After reading this and taking time to answer the questions if you are not sure you are ready for a canine partner it is probably a good idea to wait before you start the process of applying to become part of the CVSDU.

Questions to Ask Yourself

If I apply to the CVSDU for a Service Dog, am I willing to wait up to two years before I am paired with my canine partner and then go through the months of training it takes to become a certified Service Dog team?
Being paired with a Service Dog can take a long time. Then if you are paired with a dog, it takes months more bonding and training before you will be a certified team.

There are many reasons the process takes time including; the availability of suitable dogs, the time it takes to train them and the process of pairing them with disabled veterans and first responders.  Do you have the patience and endurance to get through this process?
Veteran Sandy and Service Dog Mandy shopping
Service Dogs bring peace, independence, security, and a new degree of ability to thousands of people, and if you are going to be one of them, congratulations, and we hope maybe we will be able to welcome you into the CVSDU.

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