Service Dogs - Training & Certification
Carrying Items & Opening Doors
Different types of services.
Well-Mannered Dog Academy trains independently and evaluates DOGS FOR The Foundation for Service Dog Support, Inc.'s Outreach Certification Program.
Well-Mannered Dog works with the handler/dog
team to help train for the handling portion of
The Foundation For Service Dog
Support Outreach Certification Test.
Qualifications for teams to take the Outreach Certification CSD Test:
The dogs must have passed the Canine Good Citizen Test (or equivalent) no earlier than their first birthday. If a dog has taken and passed the test prior to the first birthday, then the test must be taken again.
The dog must be at least 18 months of age.
The dog must have their current County license tag if required, as well as their name and phone number identification tag displayed on their collar.
The dog must have proof of up to date vaccination, spay or neuter and a letter from a veterinarian (dated within 30 days of test) stating that the dog is in good health and able to perform their service duties.
The dog must have been trained to perform service tasks related to hearing impairment, mobility impairment, medical alert or psychological assistance. This test is not designed to certify guide dogs for the blind.
The dog must be clean and properly groomed.
The handler must have a letter from their treating physician simply stating that they are being treated for a disabling medical condition. The FSDS does not require any individual or their treating physician to disclose the nature of the disability.
About The Foundation for Service Dog Support, Inc Outreach Certification Program
The Outreach Certification Program for the Foundation for Service Dog Support, Inc. is designed to place a means to achieve credible certification within the grasp of privately trained teams who demonstrate an ability to function in accordance with the Code of Conduct established by the FSDS. We believe that the gold standard for certification should be in-person testing, and by building a network of qualified evaluators across the nation we are able to reach out to distant teams. In the past, credible certification has only been available to those teams who received training through a pre-existing program, leaving privately trained teams with either no certification, or relegated to businesses that advertise certification, sight unseen, for a fee. What are the benefits of certification? Though not required under law, in some instances certification can be beneficial. Certification increases public confidence in teams. Certification increases confidence of current or future employers and helps to smooth the transition into the workplace. Certification provides assurance to evacuation shelters, so that in times of disaster the authenticity of your service dog team will not be questioned. Certification is beneficial when answering any legal questions regarding your service dog: though the law provides for public access for service dogs, you may be required to provide proof that the dog in question is actually a service dog.
What is an Assistance Dog?
The American's With Disabilities (ADA) definition of "service animal" reads as follows:
A "service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition."
Furthermore, "A service dog must be individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service dogs under the ADA."