To make your dog a Service Dog, they must be trained in a certain task that assists you with a disability. They must also be trained in proper obedience, good manners and public skills.
You may train your dog on your own, with assistance from a private trainer, or through a 3rd party training program. No certificate is required to prove your dog’s training. Registering your dog with Service Dog Certifications provides identification to landlords and businesses who may request proof of registration.
The American Disability Act defines a service dog as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Many people with disabilities use a service animal in order to fully participate in everyday life. Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses open to the public, including restaurants, hotels, taxis and shuttles, grocery and department stores, hospitals and medical offices, theaters, health clubs, parks, and zoos.
Business are not permitted to ask individuals with disabilities to remove their service animal from the premises unless:
Individuals with disabilities may be asked:
Accordingly, Individuals with disabilities often choose to voluntarily identify their service animals in an online registry and carry physical identifiers such as ID cards, and certifications
Therapy dogs provide relief to individuals to those in facility settings, or to individuals who require comfort with dealing emotional, or physical problems. Unlike Emotional Support Animals, therapy dogs do not require a prescription from a healthcare professional.
Therapy dogs bring many benefits to the individuals they visit. They may physical health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate or psychological benefits such as reducing anxiety, and increasing levels of endorphins and oxytocin.
Therapy dogs must have attained adulthood, with many organizations not allowing puppies under one year old. Some establishments may require therapy dogs to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test for obedience.
Any dog, ranging from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane, can qualify as a therapy dog, provided it maintains a high level of obedience. If you would like to voluntary register your dog as a therapy dog, we recommend providing your dog with the required obedience training in order to qualify.
Emotional support Animals (ESAs) provide comfort to individuals suffering from anxiety, stress or other mental health concerns, and help them deal with challenges that might otherwise compromise their quality of life.
For some individuals suffering with anxiety or other mental health issues, the presence of a dog is critical to their ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. Emotional support Animals (ESAs) provide comfort to these individuals and helps them deal with challenges that might otherwise compromise their quality of life.
Although all dogs offer an emotional connection with their owner, to legally be considered an ESA, the dog must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional. A therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist must determine that the presence of the animal is needed for the mental health of the patient. For example, owning a pet might ease a person’s anxiety or give them a focus in life. The dogs can be of any age and any breed.
The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to anyone based on race, religious, gender, age, and other factors including a disability. By having an Emotional Support Animal, an individual falls within the definition of having a disability under the Fair Housin Act. Accordingly, landlords are required to make reasonable accommodations to those who maintain an Emotional Support Animal. Landlords may not charge an additional fee for assistance animals.
This also applies to travel accommodations. Upon meeting the requirements, hotels or short term rentals are not permitted charge an additional fee for traveling with an Emotional Support Animal. Providing a certificate to your hotel front desk or Airbnb host should be sufficient evidence to waive a pet fee in the majority of cases.
Emotional Support Animals are not automatically qualified to fly. We always recommend contacting your airline as soon as possible, in advance of any air travel plans, as each airline maintains their own policy with respect to allowing Emotional Support Animals to travel in the cabin.
Registration comes with the purchase of any certification. By registering you affirm your dog as a Service Dog, Emotional Support Animal and/or Therapy dog as defined by the American Disability Act or the applicable legislation in your jurisdiction. Proof of registration is included as an instantly downloadable PDF.
The ADA does not require certification, but it is recommended to have proof that the animal has been certified or registered to help staff and general public recognize your dog as a support animal. By law businesses my only ask you two questions to determine if your dog is a service dog:
It is unlawful to ask any questions about your disability.
You can prove your dog is registered with Service Dog Certifications by using the number on your certificate or ID card with our Search ID Feature.
Under the Air Carrier Access Act, Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals are permitted to travel in the cabin with their handler. Airlines can determine if an animal is a service animal or pet by:
Most airlines have specific documentation requirements for Emotional Support Animals and Psychiatric Service Animals. Generally, a letter from your health professional is required. Always check with your airline in advance. For additional information see the ACAA.
Yes. Any dog breed is eligible to become a Service Dog, ESA, or Therapy Dog as long as they can meet the requirements. Traditionally Labs, German Shepherds, and Poodles have been common support animals, but the ADA does not place any limitations on breeds. Each dog and their personality is unique, so make sure your dog is a good candidate before investing time and effort on both your parts.
We do not require medical proof or a letter from a doctor to process your registration. By registering, you affirm that you have a physical or mental disability that impairs your ability to complete everyday activities and your Service Animal helps you with a specific task(s).
Under the ADA, individuals do not have to disclose the nature of their disability to anyone in order to be allowed to have their Service Dog accompany them. It is unlawful to ask for medical documentation, certification, or proof of training.
Many people are ignorant of these laws so it is common to provide written documentation and identifiers to avoid disputes.
No, even if your lease has a “no-pets” policy, if you require the the use of a support animal your landlord must accommodate you and allow you and your support dog to stay.
Registration for any of our support dog certificate packages immediately adds your service dog to our online database so that businesses and other parties can verify your registration via our Search ID service. Our PDF downloads are available for immediate download. Your receipt will be emailed to you within a few minutes and will include download links to your PDF documents. You can use these documents across your devices or print them at home or at a local business.
Yes, you can register additional dogs, however each must have their own registration number and certification to be deemed valid.
No, each registration assigns the service animal to one handler. If your animal provides support for multiple people, you can order additional cards separately.
Customer satisfaction is our top priority. Please note that customized certificates and ID cards cannot be returned or exchanged. Digital packages are also non-refundable, but if there is an error on your order, please contact us and we will resolve it. We only provide high-quality vests and accessories, but if there are any issues, please email us and we will do our best to resolve them. We are fully committed to our products and services.
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