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Discover the steps to certify your service dog with Medical Mutts. Our certification process includes an in-person Public Access Test (PAT) conducted in Indianapolis, IN, and completion of our training programs. The PAT ensures your dog meets ADA standards for service animals. After enrolling in our service dog training programs, after 6 months, you’ll have the option of passing the PAT for a certification card and letter confirming ADA compliance. 🐾🌟 #ServiceDogCertification #ADACompliance #MedicalMutts#ServiceDogTraining #OnlineDogTraining #ServiceDog #MedicalMutts #MentalHealth #PTSD #Autism #Anxiety #Depression #PsychiatricServiceDog #SeizureAlertDog #SeizureDog #DiabeticAlertDog #MedicalAlertDog #TrainYourOwnServiceDog

How to Certify Your Service Dog?

Certification is offered for completion of one of our training programs and Public Access Testing

While federal law does not necessitate service dog certification, you have the liberty to personally train your service dog, adhering to the ADA's established standards. 

Keep in mind, however, that specific states may have their own registration mandates. State regulations differ, and some require registration for all dogs, including those serving as service animals. Explore the possibilities with Medical Mutts today!

Service Dog Certifications and the ADA: What You Need to Know

There is no national service dog registry or official certifying organization recognized under federal law. Be cautious of websites offering service dog vests and IDs without proper verification. These websites do not represent legitimate and recognized organizations; they are primarily businesses selling identification and service dog gear. The ADA website provides valuable insight, stating, 'There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA, and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal… Mandatory registration of service animals is not permissible under the ADA. However, service animals are subject to the same licensing and vaccination rules that are applied to all dogs.' Stay informed about the correct procedures when it comes to service animal ownership.

Certification Requirements for Your Service Dog through Medical Mutts

To obtain certification for your service dog through Medical Mutts, there are essential steps to follow:

  1. In-Person Public Access Test (PAT): The PAT must be conducted in person, requiring you to meet with us in Indianapolis, IN, for the certification process.

  2. Completion of Training Programs: If you are enrolled in one of our training programs and successfully pass the PAT, we will provide you with a certification of completion for our program. This certification will affirm your status as a service dog team as defined by the ADA. Please note that you must work with us for a minimum of 6 months before scheduling the PAT, and your dog must be at least 18 months old at the time of the test.

  3. Assessment and Enrollment: To enroll in our training programs, you'll need to schedule an assessment with one of our trainers, which costs $120. During the assessment, we'll request videos of your dog in various situations to evaluate their temperament and training. Additionally, we'll discuss your disability and any prior training you've undertaken with your dog. This assessment will help us create a customized training plan based on your needs and existing progress.

  4. Before Scheduling the PAT, You Must Provide:

    • Proof of disability (we will provide the necessary form for your healthcare provider to complete).

    • A minimum of 6 months of coaching by one of our trainers (consider our online class options if you're not within driving distance).

    • Demonstrate that your dog has been trained to assist with your disability, including at least three specific trained behaviors.

    • Confirmation that your dog has been trained using positive reinforcement methods exclusively and that your relationship with your dog is built on respect and understanding, with no use of correction equipment like choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars.

  5. Demonstration of Required Training: As part of the assessment, you'll need to showcase that your dog meets the training requirements for both the Public Access Test and the Canine Good Citizen Test. This includes demonstrating your dog's ability to:

    • Stay by your side without pulling on the leash in various situations.

    • Sit and lie down in diverse settings.

    • Exhibit overall good behavior, confidence, and ease in public settings.

    • Come when called.

    • Accept petting from strangers and remain with them.

    • Maintain control around other dogs.

    • Maintain good health and grooming.

    • Display a relaxed and engaged attitude.

  6. Public Access Test Cost: The fee for the Public Access Test is $120.

Once you successfully pass the Public Access Test, we will provide you with a card and a letter confirming your status as a service dog team. This documentation will state that you meet the requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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