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How Do You Register A Service Dog?

 

how do you register a service dog?

How Do You Register A Service Dog?

Service dogs are dogs which assist disabled people in their day to day life, whether they be blind, hard of hearing or otherwise disabled.  Dogs are also the only recognized species as a service animal, though many animals such as miniature horses can help disabled people. Although there are many types of service dogs that perform different functions (for instance, a popular dog for the blind are golden retrievers but smaller dog breeds such as cocker spaniels work well with deaf handlers) almost any dog can become a service dog with the right training. Nowadays a lot of service dogs are rescues from shelters, a welcome sign for the large number of dogs placed in shelters every day.

The only dogs that aren’t suited for work as a service dog are breeds such as pugs and French bulldogs, which have breathing problems due to their squashed noses and therefore both tire easily and have a shorter lifespan. Dog breeds which have been banned also cannot be service dogs. Generally speaking, in order to become a service dog, the dog must be well trained, with a good temperament and good obedience. Good service dogs are calm, obedient and used to a variety of people and places as well as friendly. Service dogs are only focused on their handlers well-being and should not be disturbed by the public or other distractions.

   Before registering your service dog, please check that it is indeed a service dog, that it meets the criteria and is not an emotional support animal. There is a huge difference between a service dog and an emotional support animal, as emotional support animals can be pretty much any species and receive minimal training, and don’t physically assist disabled people, they only offer emotional support. Service dogs also have more access to public spaces that emotional support animals, such as hotels, restaurants and rented apartments and homes.   

   Registering your service dog is pretty easy and straightforward. There are multiple websites on which you can apply for your service dog ID and harness. Typically when you complete the process of registering your service dog, you automatically receive a harness and high-visibility jacket for the service dog. However, there are certain criteria for your dog to be eligible for service dog ID.

  

Service Dog Your dog’s health is extremely important, for if you want your dog to become a service dog, it mustn’t have any illnesses or disabilities that could hinder its ability to work and train as a service dog. On top of this, your service dog must be neutered or spayed to make males less aggressive and to stop females going into heat when they should be working. Service dogs are working animals and are not classified as pets, and although they can have time when they can be petted and shown affection, they should not be petted at random by strangers while the dog is working and if they are, the dog should not be distracted by this.

   Your service dog must have training. Dogs that become service dogs are over six months old and should be past their puppy phase. Find a reputable trainer to train your dog, so it is easier and also so no major mistakes are made during the process. The minimum of training is about 120 hours over a span of six months, but depending on the disability the dog is training for, the whole process may take up to 24 months.

   Your service dog will have to go through a series of tests, as well as a visit to the vets during their training. 30 hours of a service dogs training should amount to working in the public and testing their ability to work in different environments in different situations.

   Once your service dog is registered~, its time to work! Whether the dog works for you or for someone else in need, they are contributing to society in a great way by helping the disabled be more independent in their daily life.

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