Service dog training standards

A service dog is a really valuable property for its disabled handler. Service dogs can really change the person with disabilities life. Your service dogs will be protected under the 1990 Code of Federal Regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With this, service dogs are able to follow their disabled handler everywhere they go. Even in public places like in the train, hotel or restaurant. This is really convenient if you are disabled. But of course, you must have control over your service dog’s behavior. In order to do that, your service dog must be well trained. But you see, training a service dog may sometimes really hard and tricky. And there aren’t many training standards for you to follow. In this post, we are going to give you a list of the minimum standards about how to train your service dog. For more information, you can visit the Assistant Dogs International (ADI) website. Here is our list:


  1. Your service dog must be obedient to basic commands and more difficult tasks from its handler for at least 90% of the time in the first ask in both public and home environment.
  2. He/she must demonstrate basic obedience through responding to hand signal or voice command like laying down, sitting, or keeping quite.
  3. The service dog must be He/she should be 6 months old or more.
  4. The service dog should be able to perform 3 different tasks to help reduce the handler’s disability.
  5. Your service dog must accomplish all the requirements in the Standards for Assistant Dog in Public and must behave well at home
  6. The handler must meet the requirements of ADI Minimum Standards for Assistance Dogs in Public:
  • Their dogs must perform 3 task that mitigates the owner’s disability.
  • Having a close relationship with your four-feet-partner.
  • The handler must have the ability to deal with problems that occur in both training and in life.
  • Have a reasonable knowledge of local law and appropriate public behavior.
  • Acceptable training technique.aa7e13_5a8cff71e26e44aab9cc95f0ceab9432mv2-jpg_srz_464_309_85_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srz
  1. The service dog must be trained for at least 6 months or more. In some cases, it took even 24 months. The training continues even after this.
  2. Your service dog must have an ID with its name, the owner’s name and a photo of the dog on it. In public, your dog should wear equipment or cloth that is easy to identify as a service dog.
  3. And of course, your dog’s health status must be checked every 6 months to make sure it don’t carry any disease. A neutered dog is better for the job since the male tends to be aggressive and the female is usually submissive.

Thank you for reading and hope you find this post useful.

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