Service Dog / Animal Tips, How To, Info
How to Get a Service Animal
- As of early 2018, There is no certification or registration required for a service animal. Some states have tried to implement such a thing, but it is illegal; therefore ignore all state laws because service animals are protected by federal (ADA Titles I and II) laws.
- Are any of your pets well behaved in public already? Are any young enough to be trained to be well behaved in public? If so, consider claiming it to be a service animal. There are no restrictions on breed of dog. A dog would be more accepted and easier to deal with the public than a "service snake".
- Best service animal (if you don't have a candidate already) is a poodle dog of any size. Poodles are intelligent / easy to train and hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, there aren't many poodles available at shelters and buying from a breeder equates to denying a home for a dog in a shelter. Therefore, if you can't find a poodle in a shelter or as a rescue, consider other breeds.
- If you have an ADA disability or are a wounded veteran, some organizations offer already trained service dogs.