Service dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and are dogs that are specifically trained to help people with disabilities. For example, service dogs can be trained to help people who have PTSD, mobility impairments, are deaf or hard of hearing, have diabetes or many other conditions.
Emotional support dogs and therapy dogs are not service dogs. If you’re interested in training a therapy or emotional support dog, we recommend our Polite Puppy package. Service dogs however require much more extensive training.
26% of the population in the USA lives with a disability and while many people would benefit from the assistance a service dog can provide, obtaining one can be time-consuming and costly. Some accredited members of Assistance Dogs International (the organization that sets standards for assistance dogs) do provide services whereby they help an owner-trained service dog, but many will not. The result is that if you’re seeking a service dog, you may be unable to use your own dog who is trainable, and instead, end up with a different dog with whom you haven’t already bonded.
We can help people with disabilities train their own dogs to assist them as mobility assistance or hearing alert service dogs. Not all dogs are suitable for public access work but even if that is the case, a skilled canine companion can provide immeasurable help at home.