Service Dogs

Service dogs (and other animals) provide assistance to individuals with a wide range of disabilities. In the broadest sense, they include assistance dogs for people with mobility impairments, hearing dogs, guide dogs for people who are blind, therapy dogs, and dog partners. The sites listed below provide general information about service dogs. Due to space limitations, individual service dog schools and centers are not included; however, you can find them on several of the sites described below.

Assistance Dog Information
This page from the Cozy Canine House includes Christy Hill’s extensive “Service Dog Information Directory” and “Hearing Dog Information Directory,” “Top Dog’s Service Dog Training Book,” and related information and links.

Assistance Dogs International
Geared for organizations and service providers, “Assistance Dogs International, Inc. is a coalition of members representing organizations and individuals training and placing Assistance Dogs. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs.” Its website provides Training Standards for service dogs, hearing dogs, guide dogs, therapy dogs, and dog partners, as well as information about the organization.

Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business
Can a business evict a misbehaving service dog? How can you tell if an animal is a service dog or pet? If you’re a business owner with questions about service dogs, check this FAQ from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Delta Society
This organization promotes the use of animals to help people improve their health, independence and quality of life. In addition to information about the organization, the Society’s s website offers research, articles, and other resources on the benefits of relationships with companion animals; information about the Society’s Therapy Animals program; and articles and other resources on service dogs that assist people with disabilities.

Dr. P’s Dog Training – Assistance Dogs
This site offers an extensive and well-organized list of links to information about assistance dogs, providers, training therapy dogs, testing and selection, e-mail lists, books and videos, equipment providers, etc.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sponsored by the National Association of Guide Dog Users, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, this page lists guide dog schools across the U.S.

Service and Assistance Dogs
A state-by-state listing of organizations concerned with guide dogs, hearing dogs, support dogs, and search and rescue dogs from The American Dog Trainers Network. Hyperlinks are provided when available.

Service (Assistance) Dogs
This personal home page by Dana Marshall contains useful information and links about the various kinds of assistance dogs, laws pertaining to service animals, training your own dog, books, equipment, links, a discussion forum, and more.

This article has 12 comments

  1. That’s interesting and I’m glad that there ‘s some sort of sources that help people to refer to when needed. However, a lot of people get confused when asked about the difference between assistance dogs and therapy dogs. Therefore, these kinds of websites will people to clarify the meaning of each.

  2. This is a helpful post for individuals to gain basic information about the purpose of animal assisted therapy! It was also helpful to list some of the site names and a brief description of each for those interested to visit and learn more regarding this topic.

  3. Kathryn Roggenbuck
    Thursday 13 March 2014, 1:40 pm | Reply

    I found this blog helpful. It gives people the information that they need to find out more about service dog. I know that the information is helpful to me because I have an interest in this area and this was a nice quick resource that i can use to find more information.

  4. Although we are different mammals, dogs have the ability to connect with us, from many different aspects. Through my job as a direct support professional at an adult day program for adults with disabilities, I have witnessed first hand how a dog (therapy dog) can positively impact a client’s day. Some of the client’s I work with have cognitive, speech limitations, and/or physical disabilities which impact their ability to independently participate in daily tasks. Once a month, we have a therapy dog (Border Collie) who comes in and interacts with the clients. It’s quite amazing and special to see how much this dog brightens up their day. Most dogs are able to connect with a person from an emotional standpoint. for example; if a person is seen sad or crying, a dog (even ones that are usually a bit too excited most of the time) will calm and even comfort the person. It’s such a wonderful sight to see and I’m very interested to learning more about service dogs and animal assisted therapy in my future career as an occupational therapist.

  5. I find this post to be extremely helpful to find basic information on animal assisted therapy. I am writing a research paper with the main focus on animal assisted therapy, and this post is a great place to go to see where else I can look to find new information that I may not already know.

  6. I feel that service dogs are very rewarding. I feel that the animal helps the person beyond just the physical. I think that people form an emotional bond with the animal, which in my opinion helps them also. Being able to trust that animal in everyday situations must be very rewarding.

  7. This is a great resource for people who are looking into getting a service dog. It provides several options and descriptions so that people can explore their choices.

  8. This is a a good resource for people to gain knowledge of service animals. I think that many people with disabilities could benefit from service animals and this resource can provide what they will need to know.

  9. Anyone who is looking into getting a service dog should look into this blog post. It is very helpful and provides lots of information anyone looking for one may need.

  10. This site was not only informational but very interesting. Service dogs are becoming more used these days and many people may benefit from having one but may not know how to get started. This site shares enough general information about services animals to help someone get started! Also, I have witnessed first hand how a therapy dog can impact a person’s life. I work at a retirement community and many times the residents just like to stay in their private apartments and its often hard to get them involved in daily activities. Every Friday we have a resident’s family member who brings in their dog and goes to certain resident’s apartment. The smile on their face says it all! Pets are wonderful companions and they bring much joy to people’s lives.

  11. This is a useful list even with no space or locations for service dogs. A dogs love for humans is huge and how big of a impact they make on us. Anyone can benefit from service dogs!

  12. Second time I came across your website on Google. Great stuff.

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