Monday, October 10, 2011

Premium Service Dog Credentials

New Product

- Fully customized PVC Plastic Identification Card (the same material as your credit card). The card will include your dogs photo, your name, a Working Service Dog ID number and the tasks your service dog performs. Stating the tasks your service dog performs on your id card will answer the only question allowed to be asked of you.

- Free submission into our Working Service Dog Registry Database. You will be issued a Working Service Dog Identification Number which will be printed on your ID Card.

- Metal "Registered Service Dog Shield", shield is complete with a colored medical logo center seal.

- Leather wallet to professionaly hold the Identification Card and Shield.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Disabled Person Identification Card

Disabled Person Identification Card

Lets face it, your asked for identification when your traveling with your service dog.  No it is not a requirement, but that is not the problem, the problem is getting through your day with as little hastle as possible.  

We have created this Disabled Person Identification Card specifically for service dog handlers so that the question that is allowed to be asked is answered on your ID card. The back of the card has a US Federal Law notice.

What task does your service dog provide?   It is the "proof" that they are looking for.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Illegal Service Dog Sign

In an attempt to take a walk on our vacation in Florida we were shocked to see these signs.

A.D.A.Service Animals
A.D.A Equipment with I.D. ONLY

This sign clearly demonstrates the ignorance of the law and is making it nearly impossible for disabled people to simply take a walk.

Our number one phone question received at Working Service Dog is "What type of equipment is required for our Service Dog?" Our standard answer is "According to the A.D.A. you are not required to carry any specific equipment and that includes Service Dog ID Badges."

If that is the case then why would there be signs like the one above, why would they ask for Service Dog ID when we check in at the airport, why do they require a Service Dog Vest at hotels? The answer is that not everyone including state and local authorities know the laws which pertain to Service Dogs. So although no equipment is required, some equipment is necessary if you want to get through your day with as little hassle as possible.

By the way, these signs are hanging at the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton, Florida. Authorities were contacted and they said that they thought the sign was accurately written. When informed otherwise and directed to the A.D.A. website they said that the signs would be removed. It has been 2 months and I am unhappy to inform you that the signs are still hanging up and down the pier.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Traveling with a Smaller Service Dog

At Working Service Dog we are often confronted with people's concerns about traveling with smaller service dogs, particularly dogs that provide services to those with "invisible" disabilities. This blog will answer some of the more often asked questions along with sharing tips and experiences from some of our valued customers.

Q. Do I need to register and or certify my service dog?

A. First and foremost, never give money to a company that is going to "register your service dog" or "certify your service dog". This is a big scam found on the Internet, these no good companies are charging hundreds of dollars for a worthless certificate, registration number or ID Badge.
The ADA defines a service animal as one that has been individually trained to provide assistance for people with a disability. If they meet this definition animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. For more information see the ADA website at:

Q. Can I train my own service dog?

A. Yes, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) you may train your own service animal.

Q. Does my dog need to wear a service dog vest or do I need to carry a service dog ID badge?

A. There is no required gear for service dogs. Although in our opinion based on customer experiences for handlers with smaller service dogs or "invisible disabilities" it is a good idea. When your service dog is wearing his vest it is immediately evident that he is a working assistance dog and is afforded the rights as such. When most people think of a service dog the first thing that comes to mind is a guide dog or mobility dog. These dogs are typically larger service dogs. People do not think of smaller working dogs that provide services such as seizure alert dogs, hearing dogs, medical alert dogs and diabetic alert dogs to name a few. Because of this, these dogs will be challenged more frequently and wearing a service dog vest can cut down on the conflict.

We hope this helps, please email us if you have any questions, concerns or experiences you would like to share.

Always keep this in mind
It is fraudulent to represent your dog as a service animal if it is not. Dont do it

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

We have been asked to carry Emotional Support Dog patches. We thought it would be a good idea to define what a Emotional Support Animal is since we are often asked.

An emotional support animal (ESA) is a US legal term for a pet which provides therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship and affection. Emotional support animals are not specially trained to mitigate a disability. They require only as much training as an ordinary pet requires in order to live peacefully among humans without being a nuisance or a danger to others. However, their owners are afforded privileges through a Federal grant which allows them to keep the dog in most types of housing, even when there is a "no pets" policy. The Air Carrier Access Act provides policies that permit a person with a disability to travel with a prescribed emotional support animal so long as they have appropriate documentation and the animal is not a danger to or interferes with others.