Service Dog Training

Service Dog Training

Service dogs are ones that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service Dogs provide such tasks as pulling wheelchairs, give an alert when seizures occur, guiding a blind person, assist in specific tasks for the disabled, or give notice of medication times.

To qualify for a service dog, a properly formatted letter from the attending physician indicating that the person has a disability which limits their performance of at least one major life task without assistance. ABCANTRA can help you with the training and registration of your Service Dog.

Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD)

Psychiatric Service Dogs are trained to aid in calming the anxiety attack of individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and which limits their ability to perform at least one major life task.

To legally qualify for a PSD, patients are required to obtain a properly formatted letter from a licensed mental health professional explaining the need for a Service Dog.

Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

An ESA must also be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional in a properly formatted letter. The letter must state specifically that the person being prescribed is emotionally or psychiatrically disabled and an ESA is necessary to assist with the patient's mental health.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. For example, in a hospital it would be inappropriate to exclude a service animal from areas such as patient rooms, clinics, cafeterias, or examination rooms. However, it may be appropriate to exclude a service animal from operating rooms, or burn trauma centers.