Service Dog Registration - Service Dog Certification and Identification cards for handlers.
Colleen Demling partnered with the to help develop and maintain their Therapy Dog Program and has consulted with numerous private clients on their Service and Emotional Support Dog training needs. She says people might be surprised to learn not all organizations that provide service dogs are created equal.
If your housing is not covered by the ADA or your dog is not yet a (full) service dog, your landlord can request proof that you have a disability and thus need the help of an assistance animal (unless your disability and need for the dog is apparent or known). This proof is usually accomplished with a letter from your doctor. Many housing facilities are covered by the ADA (see the linked document below). In those facilities, the housing provider may only require answers to the standard two ADA questions if you have a service dog and an inconspicuous disability (and they don’t know your disability status). For these questions, see above: “What does the Americans with Disabilities Act say about the use of service dogs?”.
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Bonus training for psychiatric service dogs
Service dogs in New York City must have a valid dog license issued by the Department of Health. You may also request a free tag that identifies your dog as a service dog.The service tag is optional. Businesses that are open to the public, including restaurants, must allow access to a service dog, whether or not the dog is wearing a service tag. You must meet certain requirements to get the tag.We were designed with input from experienced trainers and Service Dog owners who believe there should be an opportunity for those who wish to voluntarily and knowingly comply with not only the ADA law, but also an additional and specific set of training and behavior standards. These training and behavior standards go above and beyond the ADA. We hope to help reduce the number of people abusing the ADA by requiring our Registrants to understand that intentionally misrepresenting an animal as Service Animal for any reason is not only unethical, it is also in violation of federal and local laws.A. It depends. The ADA makes a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, that would qualify as a service animal. However, if the dog's mere presence provides comfort, that would not be considered a service animal under the ADA.A. 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.A. In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.