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how does one become a service dog?

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Hero of Hyrule
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 2:28pm PST 
"Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities."
http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

A dog is a service dog if they meet the definitions set by the ADA. Certification, ID, tags, etc have no bearing whatsoever.
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H, my angel- in heaven.

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Barked: Thu Jul 4, '13 12:43am PST 
I just want to point out that even though this particular case sounds like someone just trying to gain perks with their untrained pet, a lot of service dogs do DOG things when they are not on duty, such as jumping, barking, digging, etc.

If you've already accepted the dog as a pet I dunno if there is much you can do.
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