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Qualification Requirements


In Short:

A well-behaved Service dog is unobtrusive, realizes that you are in control, and as a team you do not pose a public threat.


The  Americans with Disabilities Act enables people with physical and  psychological needs the relief they require through the use of Service  Dogs by assisting them with their daily activities. Any dog that  displays bad behavior, acts aggressively (growling, biting, showing  teeth) may not be considered and will not qualify as a Service Dog. Keep  in mind that even a well trained Service Dog is not perfect and  muzzling is an option.


Commands may be administered to your Service Dog using verbal orders, hand signals or a combination of the two. 

Vehicle Unloading:

The  dog must remain calm and under control while departing the vehicle. He/  she must wait until released before exiting. Once out of the vehicle  the dog must wait quietly until such time as you command, while under no  circumstances should the dog be off lead. A quick and efficient exit  will ensure your canine helpers safety. 

Approaching a Structure:

The  dog must remain in a heel position* at all times. Traffic, loud noises  and other distractions should not gain the attention of the dog. As a  team you should project a relaxed attitude. 

Controlled Entry Though a Opening:

The dog must remain in a heel position at all times. Soliciting of attention should not be tolerated. 

Command Obedience:

The dog must be obedient to your commands i.e.: sit, come, stay, lay, heel, etc. 

Noise Distraction:

The  dog may acknowledge noise, but in no way should the dog show aggression  or fear. Some reaction is normal however; a properly trained Service  Dog once commanded, should not cower, shake, or act as though they are  unable to preform their usual duties. 

Restaurant Conduct:

While  seated the dog should sit under the table if permissible. If not, as  close as possible will suffice. Dropped food retrieval should not be  permitted under any circumstances. 

Off Lead Retrieval:

If lead is dropped at any time the dog must remain in the heel position, unless otherwise commanded. 

Load into Vehicle:

Load  into vehicle should be conducted quickly and efficiently with either  the dog or the handler entering first. The dog must not wander but  patiently wait for instructions. The dogs safety is always the main  concern when walking to or from your vehicle in a parking lot,  necessitating command obedience. 

*Heel Position : 

When  you are standing still or walking , the neck/shoulder region of the  forward-facing dog is lined up with your right or left leg, and close  alongside you  

By proceeding you assure Service Dog Certification of America that your dog meets Most of the above qualifications.