What is the definition of a "service dog"
According to the ADA:
“Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”
Within that definition is also the difference between a service dog and an emotional support animal. If your dog falls under the category of Emotional Support, we do have a package that will register the dog under that definition.
we do not live in nevada, can we still register our dog through you?
Yes, our registrations are recognized throughout the entire United States and Canada.
why should i choose your company?
We are a licensed dog training facility that specializes in service dogs. While here are several other companies out there that provide the service dog/ESA registrations, we do much more than just create some documents. We understand what it is like to have a service dog, the laws pertaining to them and the difficulties one may encounter. We have continued support and assistance, you will speak with a live person within the USA when you call. We will provide you with the items you order. We receive complaints frequently from people that placed orders with other companies but they could not contact the company with questions/concerns.
is there a renewal fee or expiration date?
No, our registrations do not have any renewal fees and are valid for the life of the dog.
What is the difference between an ESA and Service dog?
The main difference is with the ADA laws and their what they accept as far as service dogs are concerned (see definition above). If your dog is providing you assistance with anxiety, companionship, things of that nature where it is not of any medical assistance it would be registered as an Emotional Support Animal. An ESA can have some if not most of the same public access as a service dog, however it is NOT guaranteed under the law. It is up to the business or entity if they wish to allow your dog access.
is there any special training my dog has to go through to become a service dog?
The simple answer is no. However you need to ensure your dog shows the proper level of public access for a service dog. There is no special organization that you HAVE to go through, if you have the capability you can train your dog yourself. The dog must behave on a higher level than just a pet in order to maintain the access that your are granted having a service dog.
is it true that you don't have to legally register a service dog?
Yes, that is correct. The ADA law does state that you do NOT have to show proof of a dog being registered as a service dog. There are state laws that do require such identification however. We find it is much more convenient to have this proof readily available when asked rather than continuously having to have the discussion and sometimes argument with people less educated and versed in service dog rights.
are you part of the ada registry?
Currently there is no ADA registry, no database that you can become a part of or sign up for that is affiliated with the ADA.