Service Dog Information & Facts


According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal must be trained to do

specific work or perform certain tasks which benefit a disabled person in order to be legally be

considered a service dog. The disabilities to consider vary greatly, as do the tasks that the service

dog performs. Some qualifying disabilities include, but are not limited to, allergy alert, deafness

or partial deafness, epilepsy, blindness, mobility assist and general medical alert. It is these

specially trained tasks that legally exempts a service dog and the disabled handler from the “No

Pets Allowed” policies of stores, housing, malls, restaurants, hotels/resorts, airlines, cruises, taxis

buses and many other public places. Service Dogs can be any size or breed. Service animals do

not have to be professionally trained, they can be trained by their owner or handler. Though the

ADA simply requires verbal assurance that your dog is in fact a Service Dog, it may help to have

additional identification in case someone asks about your Service Dogs’ legal status.


Service animals are most often identified by wearing a Service Dog Vest, service dog harness or

identification tag. These identification products help the public and other establishments

understand that it is not a pet, but a Service Dog. Although the ADA is clear that nothing more

than verbal assurance is required to be accompanied by your Service Dog, many establishments

may request to see a Service Dog Certificate or other forms of identification that indicates that

the dog is a working dog. Using our stores’ website, you can choose

patches, ID Cards and Service Dog Tags to assist in identifying your Service Dog.