This page will serve as a mix of Frequently Asked Questions & Tips to help you as an Owner Trainer. If you are just starting out, be sure to check out my page on Service Dog Laws. It is important that you know the Federal, State, and Local laws that apply to Service Dogs. I am not a lawyer, I'm a dog trainer so information presented throughout my blog is not intended to be legal advice. If you need help with additional SD Law info, I will be happy to help you find laws on the subject you are struggling with.
- SD - Service Dog A dog that is trained to do a task that mitigates a disability.
- SD Team - A disabled handler (or alternate person) and a Service Dog. There are multiple possible combinations for team.
- SDiT - Service Dog in Training this is a dog that is training to become a SD. They may or may not already fit the ADA definition of a SD, but are still working on basic manners or tasks.
- (For better definitions of SD, ESA, or TD refer to the SD Laws link above!)
- SD Prospect - This is not a legal term used in SD Laws but generally describes a puppy who's temperament and training ability has not yet matured enough to be considered as an SDiT.
- PSD - Psychiatric Service Dog Some people choose to use this label if the dog's main tasks are related to psychiatric needs. This is not required for people with disabilities in this area, and many do not use this label. There are also other voluntary labels including Medical Alert SD, Mobility SD, etc. No matter what the trained tasks assist with, they all are considered SD under federal law.
Service Dog Tasks
Service Dog Blog Posts
Crazy2Calm Canine Coach Resources
Service Dog Resources from other Trainers & Handlers