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    Dec 8, Training Requirements for Service Dogs: What You Must Know

    Training Requirements for Service Dogs   by Connor Tritton     |Last Updated  12-08-2022

    Training Requirements for Service DogsTraining Requirements for Service Dogs

    Do you know the value of a service dog?  Do you know the training requirements for service dogs?  If not, This article will walk you through all the characteristics needed as well as training for service dogs.

    Well, I can say that it is
    something valuable! A dog has been man’s loyal friend throughout the ages.

    And, they have
    proved to be extremely helpful perhaps more
    than any other kind of pets. On top of this,
    some dogs provide professional assistance to folks, who need it. Their
    training is of utmost importance, so is their vaccination schedule.

    If you were ever interested in service dogs, you must be aware of some of
    the benefits of service dogs. There is a step-by-step process to train a dog.

    Breeds Best for Service Dogs

    What breeds are best for Service Dogs?

    Well, the answer is any dog! Yes, you read right, any dog can become a
    certified service dog.

    That means, Golden Retrievers, Border Collins, German Shepherds, etc. are the common breeds given one can found for service dogs.
    Usually, a larger dog is required for physical assistance, while for emotional
    support a small dog is acceptable.

    Qualities and Training Requirements for Service Dogs

    Even if you know the basic
    requirements needed for a dog to become a
    service animal, let’s build your knowledge more.

    Age and Health of the Dog

    Firstly, assess the
    Age and Health 

    You all know the need for a veterinary hospital in a pet’s life. Therefore, every dog being trained for service purpose
    must be healthy.

    Such dogs should not possess health problems like diabetes and
    arthritis that are responsible for putting the strain on the pets. An important
    point – all dogs should be neutered to make the male dogs less aggressive and
    help female dogs to bear the heat.

    The Dog’s Temperament

    Second, test the
    Dog’s Temperament Traits.

    The right temperament of a dog is necessary.
    Some dogs may get easily aggressive while
    others may not.

    If a dog is cool and calm
    on the one hand, but smart and quick on the other hand,  there are chances it can be a good service dog. Knowing a dog’s breed
    characteristics will play a key role.

    Professional Training is a Must

    Third, Training only
    by a skilled professional is required.

    people do have a certified qualification and experience to train dogs,
    but it may not suit every dog.

    Another thing to note is that not every
    provides a certificate to the trainers, so, it
    is important to find a good and reputable trainer for your dog.

    Training Requirements for Service Dogs

    Fourth, consider the training requirements for service dogs.

    The international standard is 120 hours a
    minimum over six months or
    more. While in the US there is such requirement, self-regulation is
    essential, and it is good to follow the guidelines. There are three


    This is one of the most difficult parts. It involves maintaining the
    relative position with the handler (human), regardless the moves of the


    This is sometimes considered to be the most consuming phase. In this, the dog is
    trained to do all the required moves along with constant distractions.


    In this, they learn the particular task to be performed such as pulling a
    wheelchair or guiding a blind person. The training for this step is
    often said to be one
    of the easiest.

    During these sessions, there should not be any
    leniency in animal veterinary care, which will include dog’s
    vaccinations and check-ups. 

    Training Requirements for Service Dogs:  The Public Access Test

    This step is important as it tests the training. Some of the basic test

    • Curbed excitement in dogs
    • Surcease of sniffing behaviors of the dog
    • Less or no solicitations for food or affection

    Registration and Equipping

    Registering the dog
    ensures the competency of the dog, and it
    (or you) might be questioned at some point in time.

    These registered
    dogs are then used for various purposes, helping folks as and when needed.

    Service dogs are
    trained for many purposes to improve the disabled person’s

    An individual who is
    disabled in any manner can benefit from a
    dog who helps them lead a healthy life without much trouble.

    Keeping track of wellness exams for pets  is essential for building the health of the dogs.

    Many service dogs
    have performed remarkably in helping humans with
    various tasks. In fact, it is truly inspiring how well they perform
    their act; I personally feel service dogs should be more recognized in the

    Service dogs offer
    emotional support to veterans that make them live a happy and complete life.
    Make a difference in your life through such dogs.  

    Legal Definition of a Service Dog

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice that implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a Service Dog can be defined: 

    “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.”

    Author Bio

    Connor Tritton is the author of this, Training Requirements for Service Dogs as well as numerous other articles throughout the web.

    His a zealous blogger
    and passionate about writing articles on Lifestyle, Health, and Fitness.

    He’s  been
    writing articles and blogs for 3 years and has written for many websites. In
    his free time, he loves to play football, Cricket and loves to listen to

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