Service Dog Training FAQs
What is a service animal?
A service animal is a dog who is trained to perform tasks to mitigate a person’s diagnosed disability.
Who requires a service dog (SD)?
People who require a service dog have specific diagnosed disabilities. These disabilities include, but are not limited to, visual impairment, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, seizures, diabetes, autism and psychiatric disabilities such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What is the Public Access Test (PAT)?
The PAT is a test compiled of exercises to ensure that service dogs are stable, well-behaved and unobtrusive in public, while accompanying their handlers.
What kind of service dogs do we train here at Upstate Canine Academy?
We can help you train a service dog for most disabilities, with the exception of visual impairment guide dogs.
Is a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) the same as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
No, an ESA only provides emotional comfort to their owner. Unlike service dogs, emotional support animals do not require any advanced training. PSDs mitigate a person’s diagnosed psychiatric disabilities by performing trained tasks, such as interrupting self harm, physically blocking them from the public, providing medication reminders, alerting to rising anxiety, performing Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT) and many, many more possible tasks.
Can my pet become a service dog for my diagnosed disability?
Possibly. Not all dogs are cut out for the stress of being a service animal. Service dog training requires a huge commitment from handler and dog. Even then, your dog may choose that service dog life is not for them, and we have to respect that. If your dog is in any way uncomfortable or anxious in public, we should not force him or her into public access work. In some cases, your dog may be able to perform tasks in-home to mitigate a disability, but may not be cut out for the level of public access work that is required of service dogs.
Do you offer service dog certification?
There is no certification for service animals in the United States. We can administer the PAT after training and provide you video footage for your own records to show your dog was capable of the demands of public access. Any “registry” for service animals is just a scam for your money- it does not give you any legal rights.
Please note: Not all dogs enrolled in service dog training will graduate and become a fully fledged service animal. Additionally, a service dog cannot be trained to “protect” their handlers in public.