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SERVICE DOG TRAINING

 

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: There are no directories or listings of dog trainers that do service dog work in the United States and we have no way of referring you to other dog trainers in your area. If you are outside the central Wisconsin area please consult your local phone book directory or web search for trainers in your area. We can not give advice, training tips, or other help to you over the phone so please don't call and ask.  Thank you.

A service dog is a dog that has been trained to assist a person with a physical disability, and is different from a "seeing eye dog" who assists a blind person to be more independent outside of the home. A service dog is individually trained to meet the needs of the person with a physical disability. Service dogs can be trained to perform a wide variety of tasks on command. An example of some of these tasks include but are not limited to; picking up dropped items, pulling a wheel chair, opening and closing doors, retrieving the telephone, providing support for a person getting up from the ground or chair, helping dress or remove clothing, and even calling 911 in an emergency.  A service dog can also be trained as an "alert dog"  for a hearing impaired person, alerting it's owner to things like a car horn, ringing telephone, door bell, smoke detector, cooking timer, boiling water on the stove, and more.


Opening and closing doors is only one of the tasks a service dog can perform for it's disabled owner.


Picking up dropped or hard to reach objects.

 

Although they do provide great companionship, a service dog is not a pet. From the time training begins, a service dog has the legal right to enter all public buildings with the disabled person. With very few exceptions, a service dog can not be denied access by Federal law* (ADA 1990) [Revised Requirements 2010]. A service dog is allowed to accompany it's disabled owner in taxi cabs, on public transportation, and to fly in the passenger cabin of commercial aircraft. They may enter restaurants, theaters, hotels, and public schools. A person with a disability and a service dog can not be denied tenancy in an apartment or other rental dwelling by a landlord because of no pet policies. 


A Service Dog can fly in the passenger cabin of
aircraft, regardless if the dog will perform tasks for the disabled person on the aircraft during the flight.


The person traveling with the dog should
call the airline after making reservation
and request "bulkhead seating"

A service dog is most often identified to the public by the wearing of a cape, jacket, bandana, or backpack displaying a patch or other lettering "SERVICE DOG", and in most cases, a sign or patch that says; "DO NOT TOUCH ME, I'M WORKING". A disabled person accompanied by a service dog must answer only two questions to anyone questioning their right to access public places, "are you a person with a disability?" and "is this dog a service dog?". After answering yes to both questions, any further questioning of the disabled person concerning their medical condition or abilities of the dog are a violation of Federal law*.


Service dog cape, jacket, bandana, or backpack.

 

A dog is considered a "service dog" if it has been "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.*

*See the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990)
Revised Requirements 2010

Many different breeds of dogs can be trained to assist the disabled, but two of the most common are German Shepherd dogs and Labrador Retrievers. Smaller breeds can be trained as service dogs as well, however larger breeds such as the GSD and retrievers are preferred because of their physical strength and natural  instincts.   

In most cases service dogs are considered a medical expense and their training and care may be tax deductible when itemized under healthcare. (Consult your tax professional for advice) 

 

Good Dog offers training and guidance to disabled individuals wishing to train their own dog for service work. Our role in the process and related costs will vary depending on the ability of the dog owner or other assistant to participate in the training. Although not required by law, we can administer public access testing to service dogs and provide certification and an ID card for those desiring credentials when traveling with their service dog.

IMPORTANT: We are located in south central Wisconsin ten minutes from the capitol city of Madison and it's airport Truax Field (MSN). We work with clients located within our geographical area or those willing to transport their dogs to our facility. We would be happy to discuss your goals for training your dog however, we can not give advice, training tips, or other help to you over the phone so please don't ask.

There are no directories or listings of dog trainers that do service dog work and we have no way of referring you to other dog trainers. If you are outside the central Wisconsin area please consult your local phone book directory or web search for trainers in your area.
 

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