Our service dog program gives greater freedom to those with a wide range of disabilities. We train several types of service dogs, such as:

  • autism assistance
  • diabetic alert
  • psychiatric illnesses/PTSD

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    King, Autism Assistance Dog in Training at 18 weeks.
  • mobility
  • medical assistance/response

We raise and train service dogs for individuals, but also offer an Owner Trainer program. The OT Program allows you to have greater involvement in raising, training, and bonding with your service dog. Our OT Program includes:

  • temperament testing
  • puppy raising support and training
  • task training
  • public access training
  • your legal rights as a disabled service dog handler, including important laws and info
  • our own service dog certification (note: under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there is no legal certification for a service dog. we prefer to grant one to our clients as proof of their training in the event of a public access issue or in the court of law.)
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Echo, a Diabetic Alert Dog in Training.

Service Dog FAQ: (excerpts from ADA service dog handbook)

What are service animals?

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. 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.

Where can my service dog go?

Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.

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Percie in a down-stay during Public Access Training. Graduate of our Owner-Training program, Percie is a Medical Alert service dog for one of our own Premier trainers, Claire.

Do I need to show certification or ID that proves my service dog is real?

No. Legally, staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

Don’t be fooled by online scams! Have you seen ads claiming to certify your dog for a mere price of $200? Do they offer a starter set of a vest, certification, ID, and registration number after you pay a fee? Don’t fall for these online scams! These websites are selling illegitimate “certification” that in no way makes your dog a service dog – they do not ask for proof of training, proof of disability, and make it easy for those looking to cheat the system to register their pet as a “service dog.” It is harmful to real, working service dog teams to fake a service dog.

I want to register my dog as a therapy dog or ESA. Do I have the same rights as a service dog?

Yes and no. Please refer to the Venn diagram to distinguish differences between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and ESA.

Service Dog Therapy Dog Emotional Support Animal
Works for one person X
Public access to non-pet friendly public places X X
Specifically trained tasks (comfort/presence does not apply) to aid handler X X
Access to no-pet housing X

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