According to the American Disabilities Act (federal) any dog assisting
a person with a disability is considered a service dog. A Service Dog
(companion dog) and its handler enjoys special protection under the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which gives them equal access
to anywhere the general public is allowed, such as restaurants, grocery
stores, movie theaters, taxis, and aircraft, as well as providing
protection for handlers living in places "pets" are not generally
allowed. Your "canine helper" is moments away from becoming a Certified
Service Dog through Service Dog Certification of America!
Properly Identifying your Service Animal- Testimonial
Thank you for your assistance with certification of VJARRA. Here in
California, the recognition of a Service Dog is greatly enhanced by the
visual presence of a SERVICE DOG emblem/patch over and above the dog
tag. Very few individuals would approach a full grown German Shepherd
to "inspect" the collar ID. And, with the Service Dog patch, the ID is
readily available from a distance. This visibility usually eliminates
the majority of "challenges" that might otherwise be presented. I
encourage any Service Dog owner to utilize any and all "visual aids"
that are available.
- G.H. Thomas & VJARRA
Service Dog Certification of America recognizes that every person in The
United States of America may have some form of disability.
Identify your Canine Helper as a Service Dog!
The growing need for Service Dogs has increased exponentially over the
last few years. These service animals provide people with an increased quality of life
through their assistance in day-to-day
activities. By properly identifying your service dog, you will be assured that your canine helper
can accompany you whenever and wherever you may wish to
go. Service Dog Certification of America is proud to assist you certify your canine helper . We will provide you with a service dog
certification kit which contains all of the tools you will need to properly identify your service dog. Certify your canine companion with Service Dog Certification of America today!
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In Short: A well-behaved
Service dog is unobtrusive and realizes that you are in control and as
a team you do not pose a public threat.
Americans with Disabilities Act enables people with physical and
psychological needs the relief they require through the use of Service
Dogs by assisting them with their daily activities. A well-behaved
Service dog is unobtrusive and realizes that you are in control- and as
a team you do not pose a public threat. Any dog that displays bad
behavior, acts aggressively (growling, biting, showing teeth) may not be
considered and will not qualify as a Service Dog. Even a well trained Service Dog is not perfect. If your dog exhibits occasional nipping, muzzling is recommended.
Commands: Commands may be administered using verbal orders, hand signals or a combination of the two.
Vehicle Unloading: The dog must remain calm and under control
while departing the vehicle. He/ she must wait until released before
exiting. Once out of the vehicle the dog must wait quietly until such
time as you command, while under no circumstances should the dog be off
lead. A quick and efficient exit will ensure your canine helpers safety.
Approaching a Structure: The dog must remain in a heel position* at all times. Traffic, loud noises and other distractions should not gain the attention of the dog. As a team you should project a relaxed attitude.
Controlled Entry Though a Opening: The dog must remain in a heel position at all times. Soliciting of attention should not be tolerated.
Command Obedience: The dog must be obedient to your commands i.e.: sit, come, stay, lay, heel, etc.
Noise Distraction: The dog may acknowledge noise, but in no way should the dog show aggression or fear. Some reaction is normal however; a properly trained Service Dog once commanded, should not cower, shake, or act as though they are unable to preform their usual duties.
Restaurant Conduct: While seated the dog should sit under the table if permissible. If not, as close as possible will suffice. Dropped food retrieval should not be permitted under any circumstances.
Off Lead Retrieval: If lead is dropped at any time the dog must remain in the heel position, unless otherwise commanded.
Load into Vehicle: Load into vehicle should be conducted quickly and efficiently with either the dog or the handler entering first. The dog must not wander but patiently wait for instructions. The dogs safety is always the main concern when walking to or from your vehicle in a parking lot, necessitating command obedience.
*heel position - when you are standing still or walking , the neck/shoulder region of the forward-facing dog is lined up with your right
or left leg, and close alongside you.