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What you need to know about having a Service Dog Certificate 

Do you feel that having a service dog can help you with an emotional, mental or physical disability? Service dogs play an important role for people in need. However, you may have heard that service dogs can run upwards of $30,000! This is more than most people can afford. The good news is you can get a service dog without being rich.

In this informational post, we are going to cover some helpful tips on service dog and service dog laws. This includes tips on adopting your dog from a shelter or local rescue, what the dog needs to have to be considered a service dog, and how to get your canine a service dog certificate.

Where Can I Get a Service Dog?

 As we mentioned earlier, service dogs that have been bred, born and raised/trained to be in this field can be unaffordable and unreasonable for most people. But on the upside, they will come fully able to do the specific tasks you require from the service dog.

But what if you can’t afford these exorbitant fees?

You do have other options such as adopting a dog from your local shelter or rescue.

Why adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter?

Saving their life can save your life. Adopting a dog from your local shelter and rescue will provide you the feeling of knowing you are rescuing a life. The dog will know it too and provide you with unconditional love and affection. Adopting a dog from your local rescue or shelter are not only much less costly, but most have already been tested for illnesses, up-to-date on their vaccinations and (if old enough) have been spayed or neutered. Non-pure breed dogs are less prone to disease and genetic issues. Once you have trained your service dog, you will have a close connection that you will want to have for years and years.

What Should I Look for in a Potential Service Dog?

Since the point of having a service dog is to help an individual with daily life, this dog will have to be highly trained to be out in public places. With this in mind, the characteristics to look for in a potential service dog are;

Calm temperament Willingness to be handled and eager to please Acceptance of strangers but alert of surroundings Willingness to be groomed Non-reactive to the business around them Motivated by treats or praise

Can I Train My Own Service Dog?

Yes! Once you have found a potential service dog, you have the options of either training it yourself or enlisting the help of a professional trainer. Training your service dog yourself is not as intimidating as it may seem at first! In addition, if you train your service dog yourself you have a deeper and more meaningful connection.

The first training your puppy or dog will require is the basic obedience. This includes sit, stay, down, and wait. Once your canine has these skills in place, then the training becomes more specific to your own needs.

How Long Does It Take to Train a Service Dog?

Each dog is different. Some dogs require 6 months of training while others can pick up new skills and tasks within a few weeks. The ADA Service Dog guidelines do not include mandatory training time. As long as your dog is well behaved in public and is trained to assist you with your disability, they can be considered your service dog(s). Once your service dog is able to help assist with your disability, you are able to take them into public places. Public places include restaurants, hotels, airlines, parks, beaches, and even your office.

ADA Service Dog Registry Requirements

Unfortunately, there are some people who may attempt pass off their untrained pet as a service dog. For this reason, airlines, restaurants, apartment managers/owners and other business have the right to enquire about what tasks your service dog provides for you and many will ask to see your service dog certificate.

Although, you may not necessarily need a service dog certificate as the ADA does not require this, having one helps you legitimize your need for one. This is also extremely beneficial if your disability is not clearly identifiable by the general public (ie you’re not in a wheelchair etc.). In addition, this will also help staff or government employees from discriminating against you accidentally. Unfortuantely, Service Dog rights are not part of standardize training.

Once your dog is fully trained, your next step will be to register your service dog and obtain a service dog certificate.

If you are not ready to train your dog to become a service dog, you may be interested in certifying your dog to become an Emotional Support Animal. Emotional Support Animals are Federally protected and can live with you in ‘no-pet’ housing and fly with you inside the airplane cabin. Emotional Support Animals do not have to be specially trained, unlike service dogs.  For more information on Emotional Support Animals, here is a helpful article.

A Service Dog Certificate Makes Life a Bit Easier

Once your dog is fully trained to be in service, it’s well worth your time, money and effort to get a service dog certificate. Not every business or person may be as willing to accept your canine as a service dog, so having a physical custom service dog identification card or a digital copy on your phone, will save you time, stress, and frustration.

Having a service dog certificate just makes life a bit easier…

 

When you have a service dog, there are a lot of things to think about including diet, service dog training, and believe it or not, wardrobe.  The type of vest your service dog wears is actually a big decision and it has a lot of factors to consider.  Those factors include the weather where you live, the type of dog you have, and your lifestyle.  Today, let’s look at 4 favorites and which dogs they fit best.

First there is the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest.  This one is made for all your littlest companions.  Most of the dogs that would use this vest would fall into the teacup, toy, or mini range with a chest girth of 11″-24″ which spans all 4 sizes available.  This is your most basic mesh vest.  It can be used for therapy dogs, service dogs, or emotional support dogs. A patch can be added to clarify what type of working dog is wearing the vest.  The material is very lightweight though still durable.  IT is also edged in reflective material to help make your dog more visible.

Next, let’s look at the Regular Service Dog Cape Vest. This one is like the Tiny Service Dog Cape Vest, just in a larger size.  This one is for dogs with a chest girth of 26″-34″ and comes in 2 size options.  Like the smaller version, it is made of high quality, lightweight mesh trimmed in reflective material.  One of the most attractive features about this basic vest is the cost since this one is going to be at the lowest price point.  This is really a determining factor for some, especially when working from a budget.

Third, there is the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest.  This one is made of 2 layers of industrial high denier cross-link mesh making it even more heavy duty.  It also has the reflective edging for visibility.  One really nice added feature of this vest is the welded rings.  There are 3 of them which are great for attaching your dog’s service ID card, and a leach.  This vest also can be labeled with patches denoting service dog, therapy dog, or emotional support animal.  This is also a great choice for large dogs with 4 sizes that range from 24″ to 42″ which is a massive chest girth.  It is important to remember that the cross-linked mesh does make the vest less breathable so it could make temperature a factor for your service dog especially in warmer climates.

Finally, there is the Alpha Service Dog Harness Vest.  This one is top of the line and also the best service dog vest, which also means that it comes with a slightly higher price tag.  First it is padded for maximum comfort.  This one also moves away from mesh into poly coated fabric making it water resistant as well as seriously durable.  Like the Reflective Service Dog Harness Vest, it comes with the 3 welded rings for ID and leashes but it also features a handle.  This one comes with 2 patches to clearly identify whether you have a therapy dog, service dog, or emotional support dog.  It also comes in 4 sizes from 20”-42”.  The one thing this one lacks it reflective edging so that may be a deciding factor if you and your animal spend a lot of time outdoors at night.

Making sure that people clearly know you have a working dog is such a benefit to you and your service dog.  A service dog vest is an easy way to convey that information to those you may encounter as part of your life and travels.  These service dog vests do the job in style with the comfort of your animal in focus.

Remember, a vest is not just for a service dogs. You can use a different patch for your Emotional Support Animal or Therapy Dog!

Tiny Service Dog Mesh Cape Vest

Regular Service Dog Cape Vest

Reflective Service Dog Vest

Classic Service Dog Harness Vest