View Full Version : Question for anyone regarding "companion dogs"?

10-19-2005, 10:52 PM
Hi all, I'm disabled with a back injury. I can get along but am on heavy medication for pain. The question that I'm trying to find out is this, I've heard or read somewhere, not sure where that a disabled person can register their dog as a companion dog and then be able to take them in to stores, Restaurants, Hospitals, etc.... Does anyone know anything about this or maybe able to point me in the right direction??

Or does the dog have to be certified from a special place and then be given to the disabled person? Or are the only meant for the blind and para palegic patents?? Any information on this subject would be of great help and would be appreciated. Thanks all.

Jim (Concord, NH)

10-21-2005, 01:45 PM
Only specially trained, tested, and certified dogs qualify as service dogs.

A companion dog is a dog that is simply your companion. A companion dog does not have to be qualifed to do anything.

If you do a search on SERVICE DOGS, you will find much information.

Also check out the Canine Companions for Independence website.