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Service Dog Training
Types of Service Dogs
  We're often asked whether or not we offer service dog training. While the answer is, "Yes, we can help train service dogs," the term "service dog" has become a broad term that covers a variety of assistance dogs, so it would be wise for us to clarify the different types of assistance dogs. This way, we can help you decide on the appropriate service dog training that meets your specific needs.

Dogs that typically provide services for the well-being of humans are:

Disabilities Service Dog
Emotional Support Dog or Animal (ESA)
Therapy Dog

The Department of Justice mandated modified regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in regards to assistance dogs, effective March 15, 2011. These regulations specify the training associated with the different types of assistance dogs, and detail any special privileges the dogs are awarded, if any.

Disabilities Service Dog Training
  Regulations describe a Service Dog as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” The regulation also states that "the work or task must be directly related to the individual's disability." The regulation goes on to say that "an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks." Further clarification reads "an animal is not a service animal if its mere presence benefits the individual with a disability."

Service Dogs are permitted to go wherever the public can go, including establishments that serve food and drink, places of entertainment, professional offices, etc.

Emotional Support Dog or Animal (ESA) Training
  Regulations state, "Emotional support animals provide comfort to a person with a psychiatric disability, but are not trained to perform specific tasks to assist them."

While not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act as much as Service Dogs, as long as you and your dog meet certain requirements, Emotional Support Dogs can travel with you by air in the passenger cabin, and live in housing that does not otherwise permit dogs.

Therapy Dog Training
  Certified to be well-trained in manners, well-socialized and of sound temperament, the Therapy Dog's function is to provide contact with humans. Therapy Dogs are often seen in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries and more. Surprisingly, Therapy Dogs are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, thus receive no special privileges.

Universal Requirements for Assistance Dogs
  Regulations state that although assistance dogs are permitted access to places not normally open to dogs, any service dog can be asked to leave if “(1) the animal is out of control and the animal’s owner does not take effective action to control it; or (2) the animal is not housebroken.”

The Bottom Line
  Whether you're interested in Service Dog training, Emotional Assistance Dog training, or Therapy Dog training, all programs include obedience, socialization and behavior shaping to help ensure that you're not asked to leave anywhere you have the right to be! We are also licensed to perform Therapy Dog Certifications.



To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today.

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321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Feel free to ask to see a demo and we'll show you an example of a dog who has learned to Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, etc. off-leash, in the face of distraction anywhere in the real world (not just some training area), including at a dog park with other dogs running around like maniacs!


Quick appointments available for Sacramento and surrounding areas including Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, Roseville, Loomis, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Placerville, Lake Tahoe and more. We are available for travel to other areas of California and Nevada on a case by case basis. Contact us for details.