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Today’s the Day You and Your Service Dog Start Enjoying the Freedom You Both Deserve

Service Dogs or service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If you both meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

Service animals perform some of the tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for themselves. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some people who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:

  • Alerting persons with hearing issues to sounds.
  • Pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things.
  • Assisting people with mobility issues with balance.
  • Helping a person with a neurological or psychological disability by preventing or disrupting impulses or behaviors that may bring harm to themselves or those around them.

 Some Disabilities Covered by the ADA

PTSD, hearing impairment (deafness), mobility issues, epilepsy, visual impairment (blindness), autism, seizures, diabetes,  multiple sclerosis (MS), and other physical/mental disabilities.

If you have any of the disabilities listed above then you may qualify for your dog to be a service animal. If not take a look at the second category of working dogs Emotional Support Animals.

If you identify yourself with a legal disability then the second part of a dog becoming a service animal is training. The ADA clearly states that you may train your own service animal to assist you with your disability.

Service Dogs enjoy the legal rights to:

  • Fly for FREE in the cabin of all airlines
  • Service Dogs can not be excluded from No-Pets-Allowed housing. Also owners are not allowed to charge pet deposits for service animals.
  • Service dogs are an assistance device and must be allowed by the Department of Justice anywhere a wheelchair is allowed. This includes stores, restaurants, hotels, basically everywhere.

What about Service Dog Certification and Registration

Each year more and more sites with “Official” sounding names have popped up online self-proclaiming to “Register” or “Certify” service dogs and emotional support animals.

The Facts:

  1. No government agencies certify or register service dogs or emotional support animals.
  2. No government agency designates any businesses as an official registrar or certifier.
  3. Ask yourself how someone can certify that you have a legitimate service dog or ESA if they have never seen your dog.
  4. The certificates that these bogus businesses issue aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. You might as well get your neighbor to certify your dog because it would be just as legitimate.
  5. These businesses bank on the fact that most people believe your dog must be registered or certified by someone to be a “Real” service dog or emotional support animal.
  6. Do you really want to give your and your dog’s personal information to a “Company” that knows that they have no more authority to certify your dog than the man on the moon? What could they do with that info?

Real service dogs or emotional support animals do not need to be registered or certified by ANYONE and any business claiming to do either is misleading you.

Do I need a Service Dog ID or Vest

NO The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) clearly states that proof of “certification” cannot be required by any facility or business for legal access if you meet the requirements for a person with a legal disability, and your dog meets the requirements of a service animal.

However, the reality is that many businesses and employees are ignorant of this law. Whether people choose a tag, a vest or a bandana, a properly identified dog will receive less hassles than one without.

If you need service dog gear to identify your dog as a Service animal you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking to give some stranger money to “Certify” or “Register” your dog as a service animal we can’t help you. We suggest you just donate the money to a charity instead of just throwing it away for a worthless piece of paper.

If you still have questions you can look for the answer in our easy to use F.A.Q. or feel free to give us a call at 1-877-770-07891-877-770-0789 and our Service Dog Specialist will be glad to help you.

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