Service Dogs

Golden State Service Dogs Standards for Service Dogs: Since service dogs are held to high standards, and not every dog is fit for duty, we help evaluate your dog’s overall health, behavior, temperament, obedience level and performance abilities. GSSD Owner-Trained Service Dog Qualification Standards include:

vestsOur Golden State Service Dogs Vests: Clients are fully responsible and liable for their dogs, as agreed in the Responsibility Contract signed. Golden State Service Dogs reserves the right to refuse or terminate services to any consumer at any time. If any client misuses a GSSD’s vest or if any dog is unable to perform their duties to our satisfactory or retires, we require clients to return the vest without any cost reimbursement.

Laws that support service dog handler’s rights: Federal law defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual´s disability” (Department of Justice, n.d.).

NOTE: Federal Law states that purchasing service animal ID items for any animal that has not been trained by a professional service animal trainer or passing your pet off as a service animal is criminal. Since we are committed to upholding service dog standards and etiquette, we screen all consumers and dogs in order to insure all our clients meet minimum qualifications for owner-trained service dogs.

Common Questions & Answers:


Resources: Please PRINT ALL and put in your dog’s binder! Please start your Daily Training Log immediately after starting services.

Dept. of Justice_ADA 2010 Revised Requirements



Monthly Training Summary Example

Daily Training Log