Service dogs can assist with psychiatric
or physical disabilities.

Get an SDA Kit so your dog can
accompany you everywhere you need.

Qualifying Your Dog as A Service Dog

Service dogs offer great assistance, but not all pooches are up to the job. If you have been wondering how to get a service dog identification, Service Dogs America can help you answer a few basic questions to ensure that your dog can be a great service dog.

Does My Dog Qualify As A Service Dog?

A Service Dog must perform a task to assist a person with a disability. This is the most important requirement for service dog certification.

Step 1:

Working with your dog in Public

The law: You may be asked to remove your service dog from a premises if:

  1. The animal is out of control and the animal's owner does not take effective action to control it
  2. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

The following questions are to assist you in determining if your service animal is qualified to assist you in public.

General Requirements:

For dogs to be service dogs it is important they can follow most of these 6 requirements. These same requirements are required for psychiatric service dogs.

  1. When walking in public, your dog must obey your commands and not be distracted by outside influences, noise or other animals and people.
  2. While entering a building, your dog should walk beside you. The dog's attention should not be diverted nor should it want to investigate other areas of the building
  3. Inside a building or public transportation the dog should not be distracted by other people or try to go to them. Most people realize it is improper to pet a service animal. The animal should not want attention from other persons surrounding you.
  4. In a restaurant, your dog should be comfortable on the floor beside you or under the table. The dog should not be expecting food from the table and should not be startled by foot traffic in a restaurant.
  5. When a person, adult or child approaches your dog to pet them. The dog should look to you for guidance. The dog should allow petting by others without any aggressive behavior
  6. Your dog should obey all commands without hesitating. Sit and stay should be a onetime command

The forgoing information is just a general guideline for working with your dog in public. The most important thing is that you have full control of your dog at all times.

    By checking this box, you personally assure Service Dogs America that your dog can fulfill most of the above criteria.

Just 2 Easy steps!

As a Service Dog, your canine assistant will be able to accompany you into any publicly accessible space including restaurants, museums, airports and airplanes, theaters, stores and parks. You can train your Service Dog to meet the specific needs of your disability.

Service Dogs America recognizes that you may train you own dog and supplies you with the appropriate identification to allow your dog to accompany you anywhere the public is allowed.

It is important to be sure your dog is adequately trained to qualify as a service animal. Review the statements to the left. If your dog meets most of these criteria, mark the checkbox at the bottom and continue on to the payment form.

With an identification package from Service Dogs America, you will have all the materials necessary to clearly identify your dog as a Service Dog and avoid awkward confrontations when entering public places with your dog. You are responsible for training your dog and ensuring that your dog meets most of the the criteria of this test.

Your Identification Package:

Your identification materials will arrive within 3-5 working days from the time you order

  • A Service Dog Vest with Embroidered Service Dog Patch
  • Plastic Wallet Card (photo optional)
  • DOJ Wallet Card
  • Customized Metal Collar Tag
  • Service Dog Certificate
  • Information Booklet
  • October Special $199 (+ S/H)
  • Optional Extras:
    • Ask To Pet Me patch
    • Do Not Pet Me patch
    • 6 Foot Stainless Steel Clip Leash
    • Service Dog Collar (m,l,xl)
    • Walking Harness

Customer Testimonials

Thank you Paul so very much for sending the jacket for Bella so promptly. It received it this morning and I am now ready for my trip to Maui. I truly appreciate your effort in making all of this come together for us.


Hello Paul!

I picked-up my parcel at the local post office. I have been going through the information and I am extremely pleased with the documentation and the quality of the harnesses. I have no regrets for choosing you to register my two dogs and will let others know.

Nanook, Suka and Luc!

Ref: SDA # 6217 - Hirohito. Your package with all the appropriate documentation arrived this afternoon. You are to be congratulated on assembling such a thorough and well throughout presentation of reprints of important information. I would certainly recommend you to any one that I thought would be a credit to SDA.
Thank you again.
Ronald Keats - NYC,NY.

You sincerely do have the best customer service; I'll be posting your info on my Autism site :)
A ellis ADE, B.S., M.Ed.