ADA Compliant Service Dog Training

Time and effort are crucial when it comes to training a future service dog. More effort definitely goes into this specialized training over many other dog training classes.  However, if you and your dog are eager and willing, ADA compliant service dog training might be for you. 

What Is a Service Dog?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is defined as “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” In other words, a service dog can help a person with a disability lead a more independent life. 

Disabilities can vary greatly, and so do the tasks that the service dogs perform. With specialized training, service dogs can take specific actions directly related to the disabilities of the person they aid. In essence, they are more than pets and more than companions— they are hard yet compassionate workers there to help. 

Some examples of work or tasks that ADA service dogs perform can include: 

  • Guiding people who are blind
  • Alerting people who are deaf
  • Calming anxieties of someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Alerting and protecting someone having a seizure
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Alerting a diabetic when his or her blood sugar levels changes 
  • Helping an elderly person with balance and reaching items at home
  • Reminding a person with mental illness to take their medications

Characteristics Key to Service Dog Readiness

While any dog, regardless of breed or age, can enter service dog training, some do better than others. Typically, this has to do with the set of characteristics they possess. 

Service dogs must be: 

  • Alert
  • Quick to learn
  • Able to retain information
  • Ready and able to follow owners everywhere
  • Calm and friendly
  • Willing to please
  • Socialized
  • Nonreactive to public and strangers

Keep in mind that not all dogs are suited to be service animals, and that’s okay. If your dog is overly enthusiastic, fearful, aggressive, possessive of resources (food, toys, you, etc.), or has a health condition, to name a few, they may be better suited for a different job.

What to Expect From Service Dog Training

Our ADA Compliant Service Dog classes are the first step in becoming a certified service dog. 

Training your dog to perform a task for your disability will take time and patience, but it can be done. Our experienced dog trainers will share their personal experiences working with service dogs while showing you and your pet the ropes. In service dog training, your trainer will cover everything you and your pet need to achieve success. 

Upon successful completion of your service dog training course, you and your dog will get the certification necessary to begin this new journey. Contact us below for more information.

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Think your pup has what it takes? Fill out the form below to check for upcoming classes and reserve your spot! Our classes accept dogs of all ages and breeds.