Service Dog Training

Because a service dog is specifically trained to provide specialized assistance unique to each situation,

I offer service dog training only as a private, in home, one-on-one program.


FAQ’s About the “Service Dog” Title

Q: If I have Anxiety and my dog helps to calm me down, can they qualify as a Service Dog?

A: This depends, the ADA does make a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If your dog can sense an impending panic attack, for example, and is trained to perform a behavior or specific action that may help to prevent or lessen the attack - then yes, your dog would qualify as a psychiatric service animal. If you are merely comforted by the presence of your dog and feel better when they are with you, then your dog is considered to be an emotional support animal (ESA)- not a service dog.

Q: What is meant by “Do Work Or Perform A Task”?

A: To qualify as a Service Dog, your dog must be trained to take a specific action when assisting you in your medical needs. One example may be for a person with epilepsy- their service dog can be trained to sense an oncoming seizure and perform an alert action to let their person know to find a place to lay down as well as keeping that person safe, calm, and protected during the seizure.

Q: Do service dogs have to be certified by the ADa?

No, the ADA does not provide any sort documentation to certify that a dog is, in fact, a service animal. Online sites that advertising “certifying” your dog as a Service Dog through an all online process are simply out to take your money and provide a false “ID Badge”. To qualify as a service dog your dog must

  • Be trained to perform a specific task or action.

  • Be under your control at all times and properly leashed unless being leashed hinders their ability to perform said action.

    That’s It.

Certification for Psychiatric Service Dogs is available on a private basis.

What qualifies a dog as a

“Service Dog”?

According to the ADA Requirements-

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

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