Rainbow Service Dogs


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Rainbow Service Animals

# 04-3749362

Kelley Fecteau: Program Director

520-465-3627

RAINBOW SERVICE DOGS
P.O.BOX 64093
TUCSON, AZ 85728

RainbowSvcDogs@yahoo.com


     Hildie, service dog for 7 yrs for owner Kelley Fecteau. Hildie passed on to Rainbow Bridge on 03-11-2011

 We are required to maintain records of all immunizations and copies of licensure for all members .(Owners must submit new records every year) All members will receive a picture ID for their SD/SA, PSD/PSA which also had basic laws on reverse. This ID must be carried at all time the animal is in public. Upon graduation members will receive a permanent ID .

We are required by law to maintain records for all members .

Please Download Contract Below and Fill out. Return to the address listed on first page.

RSD MEDICAL CONTRACT WITH MEDICAL : PSYCHIATRIC LETTER FORMAT

Please be sure to fill in all information accurately and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.


About Service Dogs

What Is A  Service Animal/Dog (SD & PSD) and How Does it Differ from an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?

A Service animal is an animal that is individually training to work / perform a task or a series of tasks that benefit an individual with a disability (whether medical or psychosocial) in order to facilitate their ability to function with ease in society.

Service Animals as of March 2012 can only be dogs or miniature horses.

Service Animals must be TRAINED.

Always on leash, under control, housebroken and non-aggressive
Must be able to work/perform tasks that assist their individual with functioning in society.

Assistance Dogs International have specific guidelines on appropriate behavior expectation and training expected of dogs in public spaces.

Public appropriateness:

  • The Animal is to be well maintained, clean, with no odor
  • The animal does not urinate or defecate in inappropriate locations.

Behavior:

  • The animal must maintain focus of its handler and not bother others in public
  • The animal cannot disrupt the operation of business.
  • The animal does not vocalize unnecessarily, i.e. barking, growling or whining.
  • The animal cannot display any aggression towards other animals or people.
  • The animal does not beg for food or steal food.

Training:

  • The animal specifically performs tasks that alleviate or lessen the suffering of their disabled individual.
  • The animal works calmly on leash, harness or tether.
  • The animal is able to perform their tasks in all arenas.
  • The animal must lie quietly beside their owner (or under a table in restaurant) without blocking aisles, hallways, etc.…effectively being invisible to others.
  • The animal urinates and defecates only in appropriate place, and owner cleans up after it or arranges for clean up.
  • The animal maintains a distance of no more than 2 feet of its handler at all times unless the nature of a trained task requires it to be working at a greater distance.

At no point should the dogs be allowed to do the following:

  • Ride in Shopping carts (even with a blanket)
  • Sit on chairs in restaurants 
  • Eat off tables, plates, or silverware in restaurants       

The animals handler should always be observant of the animals behavior. He/ She should respect that people do not want to be near the dog and should attempt if possible to move away to another location.

Businesses may not ask for identification or proof of whether a dog is a service dog, but they may legally ask:

  1. Is the dog required because of a disability? and,
  2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Service animals differ from Emotional Support Animals (ESA) in a few ways. Emotional support animals provide individuals with comfort and companionship but ARE NOT SERVICE ANIMALS as they are NOT TRAINED TO PERFORM SPECIFIC TASKS. ESA's are not  covered under the American with Disabilities Act and other laws that apply to SERVICE Animals. ESA's are NOT ALLOWED in public locations other then under specific rules of EACH location. The Federal Housing Authority and comparable laws are applicable to to both ESA's and Service Animals as reasonable accommodations and no pet fees can be charged. ESA's since not allowed in PUBLIC are not limited to DOGS. Most Airlines also have specific rules about ESA's.

What a Service Dog ISN'T:

Your dog is NOT a service dog:

  • If you have a disability and you like to bring your dog with you does not mean it is a Service dog (i.e: because you have anxiety, your dog can go in the store with you) The Animal must perform a task or a series of tasks it has been trained to do.
  • If your psychiatrist or doctor has written a letter stating you can benefit from a companion and your pet provides this does not mean he is a service animal.THE ANIMAL MUST BE TRAINED TO PERFORM A TASK SUCH AS GROUNDING. A companion animal is an EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL not a SERVICE Animal. Emotional Support Animals (ESA) DO NOT HAVE public access rights.
  • The animal provides PROTECTION since protection animals are not considered Service Animals. Even if you suffer from anxiety, PTSD and often feel unsafe in public, no service animal can demonstrate aggressive behavior. The service animal must be quiet, well mannered and tolerant. If you suffer from a psychiatric issue, service animals can provide many other tasks to make life easier for you.

About Service Dog Training

Rainbow Service Dogs (RSD) assists people in training their own dog to become their service dog.

Training include group classes, outings, and if requested (at a fee) one-on-one training. We train in basic dog obedience, appropriate behavior in public places, specific tasks based on individual needs.

Being able to take your animal everywhere sounds great but the individual must be aware that it requires patience, understanding, willingness to follow through, and overall hard work. The individual should at al times be aware of the laws and expectations regarding service animals and their behaviors.

Before deciding on a service animal a few things must be taken into consideration:

  • Is the animal for a psychiatric or medical issue 
  • What types of tasks do you expect the animal to perform (Companionship/ Comfort is NOT A TASK) 
  • Are you willing to make the effort, attend classes regularly, complete homework tasks for up to 2 Years.

Training

Your animal will undergo an initial assessment to determine appropriate temperament as well as assessment every six months within the training until graduation then yearly after graduation. Training requires dedication, patience and commitment of working with your animal on a daily basis.