Service dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act as dogs that are specifically trained to help people with disabilities. We help people with disabilities train their dog to assist them as a service dog.
We specialize in:
Psychiatric service dogs (PTSD)
Diabetic alert dogs
Service Dog, Therapy Dog and Emotional Support Dog (ESA) training in: Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington, Blythewood, Lake Carolina, Forest Acres, Lake Murray, Chapin, Elgin, Lugoff and the surrounding areas,
Emotional Support Animals are not the same as service dogs and are not allowed where pets are not permitted but may be allowed in the cabin of some airlines and in some types of no-pet housing.
We can assist with good manners via training for calmness during air travel and dwelling in no-pet housing.
Receive guidance in selecting our below specialties for service work:
Psychiatric dog (PTSD)
Diabetic Alert dog
Receive information about selecting and training your ESA or learn about service dog training.
Service dog training requires specific knowledge, skills and education that most pet dog trainers don't have. Partnering with the right dog training professional is essential to your success.
Service Dog Coaches (SDCs) are uniquely qualified to work with people with disabilities training their own service dogs.
SDC Code of Ethics
Service dog training and evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Q: Are emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
A: No. These terms are used to describe animals that describe comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Check the South Carolina laws pertaining to emotional support animals and public access.
Q: Does the ADA require service animals to be professionally trained?
A: No. People with disabilities have the right to train their dog themselves and are not required to use a professional service dog training program.
Q: Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA?
A: No. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some state or local laws cover animals that are still in training. South Carolina laws allow public access to service- animals- in -training with handler and or trainer.
Q: What questions can a covered entity's employees ask to determine if a dog is a service animal?
A: In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions:
1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog , require that the dog demonstrate its task or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.
Q: Do service animals have to wear a vest or patch or special harness identifying them as service animals?
A: No. The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag or specific harness.
Q: Does the ADA require that service animals be certified as service animals?
A: No. Covered entities may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry.
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.
The Protection & Advocacy System (P&A) has been serving South Carolina as an independent, statewide, non-profit corporation protecting and advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities since 1977.
If you have questions concerning those rights and the laws here in South Carolina, we have provided their website below.
For more information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) we have provided several links below.
A 30 - 60 minute phone consultation is the first step in a possible two year process. During this consultation, we will discuss your needs, your dog's behavioral history and obedience level, tasks that you may need assistance with and answer any questions you may have.
We conduct this observation in person. We evaluate how your dog responds to things/people/animals in the environment as well as other new situations. This assists us in determining if your dog is ready to begin training in our service dog program.
Suitable training which may include private training as well as day training if needed. Task training and public access training which takes commitment and patience. The training process usually takes 1-2 years but could take longer.
Each phase of training is dependent upon your dogs qualifications.
Cost: $5000 - $8000 (Installments Accepted).
Follow up support throughout your service dog's working career. Should you need additional task training or to brush - up on the tasks already trained.
Cost: $90 per hour