|Barked: Sun Oct 21, '12 7:56pm PST |
|The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) covers all SERVICE DOGS in ALL STATES and grants full access to service dogs into public places except for a couple places like inside a petting zoo or in a sterile environment like a burn unit in the hospital. Under the ADA you need no certification, registration or doctors notes. Businesses can kick a dog out who is "out of control" or not potty trained and businesses may ask two questions: "Is that a service animal" and "what tasks does the dog perform?" a general answer on the second one is all required.
Service dogs in training are NOT covered by the ADA. This leaves each state to make their own laws regarding them. Each state varies on many levels and many grant no access at all to service dogs in training. I believe you are in CA right? CA state law allows the same access rights to service dogs in training and they can be with an organization, private trainer, or disabled handler. The one condition is that the dog must register with the county and where a tag stating they are a service dog in training. When you enter a business, you don't need to show them anything or ask for permission. You just walk in and start your training! If they ask anything usually simply stating she is a service dog in training will do. You can bring a copy of state law with you and make sure you have a vest on her. You want her to look as professional as possible.
As far as certification, organization certify service dogs, not service dogs in training. That means that when the dog completes all requirements they get "certified" saying that they met that programs requirements. There are many sites and places that will "certify" a dog site unseen and this is not the way to go nor necessary.
I would just start training in low key stores for short periods and have fun with her! and keep asking questions!
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