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What is a Service Dog?

According to the American Disabilities Act (federal) any dog assisting a person with a disability is considered a service dog with no breed, size or age restriction. A Service Dog and its handler enjoys special protection. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (Federal) enables people with physical and psychological needs the relief they require using Service Dogs by assisting them with their daily activities. The handler and Service Dog are protected under this Federal Act 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 when the requirements and qualifications are met. Service Dog Certification of America’s online Service Dog registration will guide you and your canine helper to a very happy conclusion.

Common types of Service Dogs

Arthritis Aid
Ataxia Asst (poor balance)
Alarm Alert
Allergy Detection
Alzheimer’s Asst Dog
Asthma Asst Dog
Autism Asst Dog
Autoimmune Disorder
Balance Asst Dog
Balance Support Dog
Brace/Mobility Support Dog
Cardio/Pulmonary Asst
Crowd Control
Cerebral Palsy Asst
Dementia Asst
Diabetes Alert
Emergency Phone Retriever Dog
Guide Dog
Hearing Alert Dog
Impaired Vision Asst
K-9 Rescue Dog
Medical Asst Dog
Medication Aid
Migraine Alert
Mobility Aid Dog
Narcolepsy Alert
Narcolepsy Resp
Panic Attack Dog
(deep pressure therapy)
Panic Prevention
Parkinson Asst
Physical Mobility Asst
PSYCH Service Dog
PTSD Service Dog
Security Alert
Security Asst Dog
Sedation Alert
Seizure Alert Dog
Seizure Response Dog
Severe Allergy Alert Dog
Speech Impairment Tasks
Speech Impairment Asst
Smoke Alert Dog
Visual Asst Dog
Wheelchair Asst Dog

identify your service dog

The need for Service Dogs has increased dramatically over the last few years. These service animals provide people with an increased quality of life through their assistance in your 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. A handler is protected under Federal law and cannot be charge any fee for an accompanying Service Dog, at any time and in all circumstances under Federal Law i.e., pet rent at apartments, air fare, hotel fees etc. Our goal is to provide you with all the necessary tools to properly identify your canine as a Service Dog in all circumstances without any issues, along with 24hr. verification and Service Dog Law expertise.

registration / verification

At Service Dog Certification of America we provide Service Dog and Emotional Support Dog registration. At the end of this registration process your dog will have a profile that can easily be accessed by providing the requesting party with your registration number and our website address. This can also be accomplished by scanning the QR code on your dog’s identification card. Your dog’s registration will always be easily accessible for verification. This service is included with all packages offered. View a sample profile…

Service Dog vs. Emotional Support

The difference between an Emotional Support Dog and a Service Dog is training. Has the dog been trained to perform a specific task or job directly related to the person’s disability? For example, alerting a hearing-impaired person to an alarm or guiding a visually impaired person around an obstacle are jobs performed by service dogs. Some dogs perform naturally, and one can learn to recognize it and modify it through training if needed. Per Federal Law no one can ask you to make your Service Dog perform on call and depending on your State Law a Service Dog in training receives all the privileges as one that is a fully trained Service Dog.

traveling with your service or emotional support dog (uS department of transportation)

how do airlines determine whether an animal is a service animal?​

Airlines can determine whether an animal is a service animal or pet by:

traveling with your service dog

  • The credible verbal assurances of an individual with a disability using the animal;
  • Looking for physical indicators such as the presence of a harness or tags;
  • Requiring documentation for psychiatric support animals and emotional support animals; and
  • Observing the behavior of animals.
  • Emotional Support and Psychiatric Service Animals –  Airlines can request specific documentation and/or 48-hours advanced notice for service animals that are emotional support animals and psychiatric service animals. Find Out More…
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