In the United States, there is no legal certification/ registry or evaluation required to certify your dog as a service dog, but there is a level of behavioral standards that must be met. The only way to turn your dog into a service dog is through training, and responsibly ensuring they are capable of safely navigating the world as a working dog.
Beware any website or organization that requires a fee to “certify” or “register” your dog as a service dog in the United States, as this certification and registry is not recognized.
Your dog is legally a service dog when:
- He/she has impeccable manners and responds reliably to obedience cues
- Can reliably complete tasks that assist your disabilities
- Is leashed and under your compete control
- Is quiet and unobtrusive