Perhaps all canine lovers are familiar with the term “service dogs,” but not all have an in-depth understanding of their purpose or function. Why are they trained? What are the specific pieces of training they undergo? – these are just some questions you probably have in mind.

Below are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive at Pro-Train. Our goal is to give more insights into the things involved in service dog training, Riverside, CA.

What is a service dog in the first place? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines it as “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” Disability covers physical and mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

What sort of disabilities that a service dog can help handle? The task that a service dog performs is directly related to their person’s disability. For instance, a guide dog helps visually impaired individuals. On the other hand, a medical alert dog can help by providing their person a warning about a medical condition – before it happens. For example, a dog can alert a person of a possible seizure.

What are the most common dog breeds? Are you wondering whether or not your dear canine qualifies as a service dog? There are plenty of dog breeds that can be service dogs. The most common are Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards, and Poodles. (Ask an expert to learn more about breeds that qualify as service dogs)

What about therapy dogs? Therapy dogs are service dogs for petting, affection, and interaction in different settings on a volunteer basis. Some examples: dogs that cheer and comfort patients in hospitals; dogs that help relieve stressed travelers in airports; relaxation for college students preparing for exams.

What is a fake service dog epidemic? This term pertains to the prevailing service dog misrepresentations. Although the Federal laws give special accommodations to persons with disabilities, these laws get abused by those who fraudulently misrepresent their canines as service dogs. As a result, it harms the legit disabled, brings the public into confusion, and affects the reputation of genuine service dog users.

Are you interested in service dog training, Riverside, CA? Contact Pro-Train today at 1-877-BAD DOGS.