What is a Service Dog?

The Department of Justice of the United States defines service dogs in the Americans with Disabilities Act as, “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”

There are two parts to this definition: first, the person handling the dog must be disabled, second, the dog must be specifically trained in tasks to mitigate it’s handler’s disability.

Disabled Handler

The first requirement is that the person handling the dog must be disabled.