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What is a service animal?

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.

Service dogs range from medical alert to heavy mobility. While we generally recommend a program dog (from a program (like ECAD) that only produces service dogs for first time handlers, that being said we understand that the cost associated with a program dog can be a deterrent. Training your own dog, so long as they are candidates for the work, is perfectly acceptable. Service dogs may be any breed and size, and must adhere to strict etiquette on top of their tasking duties.  Prospects must be completely sound and free from fearfulness or aggression. Interested in getting a service dog to assist you? We are able to help you select a breeder/rescue and temperament test a dog, work through your advanced obedience and then move on to task training. We have trained medial alert, psychiatric and mobility tasks with past students.


Contact us so we can talk about how we can help you mitigate your disability(ies) with the assistance of a service dog! 

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