Ability Dogs Program

Watermelon, Service Puppy in Training

We are proud to announce the start of our Ability Dogs program, which aims to locate, raise, train, and place fully trained service dogs with disabled people in need.

Our main focus is to help our community through animal assisted therapy. We believe dogs can be utilized with wild success for a multitude of jobs. Our Ability Dogs program pulls candidates from shelters, rescues, breeders, or career change dogs to be trained and placed as therapy dogs in facilities or as service dogs for disabled individuals.

We are looking for puppy raisers for our Ability Dogs program! Please click HERE to apply or keep reading to learn more.

To apply for a trained service dog, please click HERE

We train a multitude of tasks but refrain from training:

  • weight baring mobility tasks
  • guide dogs for visually impaired
  • tasks such as retrieving a strange person, tethering recipient and canine, and some alerts.

Jensen, Working Dysautonomia Service Dog

Please keep in mind we have full authority to deem specific task selections unethical or unsafe and may refuse to train a task at our discretion.

We do place PSDs/PTSD dogs for members of the community that are not military or first responder affiliated.

Our wait times vary, as we source out dogs from a variety of places- some are from breeders, some are from shelter and others are from career changes from other working canine sectors. We pair our dogs and recipients not on first come first serve but by matching individuals with their heroes by preferences, personality, and lifestyle.

For those looking for a service animal through In Tandem, please email us at intandemdogtraining@gmail.com

What is a Service Dog?

Service dogs are special members of the K9 community, they have been specifically trained to help mitigate the symptoms of disabilities for their handlers. Service dogs also have to have a pretty cool head, as working out in about in public at normally not pet friendly places requires a confidant, happy to work dog.

Legally, there is no registration or certification for service dogs. Many programs do give their own, however these just signify the K9 did undergo training with that company or individual. Do not fall for the online certificates. Unfortunately those prey on disabled people and are not requirements whatsoever to owning and working a service dog.

Service dogs can legally be entirely owner trained. Often however owner trainers seek out professional help as there are many many intricacies teaching certain public access skills as well as detailed tasking, like scent alerts!

Services dogs qualify if:

  1. The handler is disabled and
  2. The dog in question has been trained in at least one task to mitigate that disability and
  3. The dog is under control and well behaved

Service dogs can not be refused in places the general public is allowed. Allergies are not a reason to deny entry- a business or establishment is responsible for accommodating both parties in that event. For more information on service dog laws please visit https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

ADA Laws on Service Animals

There is no registration or certification for service animals. Service dogs, often called assistance dogs, are not to be confused with Emotional Support Animals or Therapy Dogs.

Service dogs have two governing bodies that have established regulations on what is a service dog and what they are allowed.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Talks in depth about what entities are allowed to ask or require of a service dog handler team. If you are a place of business looking for your rights the ADA states

“If you are working at a business or state/local government facility and it is unclear to you whether someone’s dog is a service dog, you may ask for certain information using two questions.

  • Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

You are not allowed to:

  • Request any documentation that the dog is registered, licensed, or certified as a service animal
  • Require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability

because service animals are not required to wear vests, a dog that is wearing a vest is not necessarily a service animal. The dog still needs to be trained to perform a task for a person with a disability to be a service animal.

A business or state/local government does not need to allow a service animal if the dog’s presence would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods, services, programs, or activities provided to the public. In most settings, a service animal will not fundamentally alter the situation. But in some settings, a service dog could change the nature of the service or program. For example, it may be appropriate to keep a service animal out of an operating room or burn unit where the animal’s presence could compromise a sterile environment. But in general, service animals cannot be restricted from other areas of the hospital where patients or members of the public can go.

A business or state/local government can ask someone to remove their service animal if:

  • The dog is not housebroken.
  • The dog is out of control, and the person cannot get the dog under control.”

Service dog handlers cannot be charged pet rent or deposits or refused in most housing rental situations. Handlers can be charged damages in the event those occur. For more information on renting with a service dog, please visit www.HUD.gov and search “Accommodations”