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What Is a Service Dog?

Service dogs play a critical role in the lives of their owners. These animals are professionally trained to perform certain tasks to assist owners with certain physical disabilities or psychiatric issues. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) recognizes a service dog as (a) a dog that has been specially trained to perform tasks for people with disability and (b) performs tasks that are directly related to the individual’s disability. Dogs are highly trainable animals and can be trained to help with a wide range of disabilities. This means they are different types of service dogs including seeing-eye dogs, hearing assistance dogs, mobility assistance dogs, diabetic alert dogs, autism support dogs, and so on.

Given the importance of the tasks they perform, service dogs are subject to certain rights that allow them to accompany their owners to spaces where normal pets are otherwise banned. Service dogs enjoy public access rights, travel privileges, educational facility access, and fair housing.

What Is a Service Dog Harness?

A service dog harness is a vest worn by service dogs to let other people know that the dog is a service dog and what type of service dog it is. It is important to note that, while service dog harnesses traditionally come in red or blue color, these colors don’t mean anything and you can find service harnesses in all styles, sizes, and colors.

Though the ADA doesn’t require service dogs to wear vests, it is highly recommended that you outfit your dog with an appropriate vest that identifies them as a service dog.

Under the law, public facilities and commercial establishments can’t deny a service dog owner access to their premises on account of the animal and can’t subject the service dog owner to excessive questioning or demand proof that the dog is a service dog. They are, however, allowed to ask if the dog is a service dog and what tasks the dog is trained to do.

By outfitting your service dog with an appropriate vest containing this information, you will be able to minimize the hassle associated with accessing such spaces. The vest will easily and quickly let the staff and other people know that the dog is a working service dog and not a pet, on this occasion, and has the right to be there. However, it is illegal to misrepresent an untrained dog as a service dog. So, you can’t just put on a service dog harness on your pet dog and say it is a service dog.

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Service Dog Vest, ID Tag and ADA Info Cards - Harness in X Small to XX Large, Durable Metal Tag, 2-Sided Service Animal Cards. ESA Accessory Set
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Benefits of Service Dog Vests

While having a service dog vest isn’t a requirement for owners, you should consider it a necessity. Thanks to the benefits it achieves, it will prove to be highly useful to you, your dog, and those around you.

Helps to Avoid Distractions

Dogs are, in general, cute, cuddly, and playful animals. As a result, people will always feel inclined to approach them and pet them. However, this is something you definitely want to avoid when your dog is playing the role of an assistance dog. Distractions limit the dog’s ability to execute its task well, which can cause problems for the owner.

When your dog is wearing a dog harness, it lets the public know that he is currently working and needs to stay focused. Most service dog vests also come with a clear warning telling others not to pet the dog while working. When the dog remains focused on the task at hand, life is much easier.

It Provides A Physical Cue to the Service Dog That Helps It Differentiate Between Work Time and Play Time.

It is important for your dog to know when their services are needed and when they are free to play and nap. After all, they need some time off like everyone else. With time, your dog will learn to associate the vest with work. This will help to make things much easier for you as the dog will know what to do when the vest is on and when it is off.

A Service Vest Will Help Make Your Day-to-Day Life Less Stressful

Being constantly hassled by business staff and, in some cases, customers every time you enter commercial and public spaces with your service dog can make your life incredibly stressful and difficult. However, when your dog is wearing a vest that clearly identifies it as a service dog, you are less likely to be stopped and questioned. The vest will serve as an indication that the dog has a right to be there. Service dogs and their owners are given the same rights when it comes to accessing public spaces and businesses.

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