Service Dog / Therapy Dog

About Service/Therapy/ESA Dog Training: What it is and what it is NOT

Family Dog Obedience offers quality training and education for the Family Dog. While we can teach you and your dog to have many of the skills necessary to be a Service Dog, or an Emotional Support Dog, we do not offer any certifications for these titles. We DO offer testing for the Therapy Dog skills through petpartners.org. Due to the current situation with COVID, though, those classes are on hold for now.

Not every dog is a candidate for these types of public activities; often they are purposely bred and selected for the tasks required, with careful consideration for temperament and genetics. A tremendous liability exists for dogs that are ‘fake’ service dogs. A vest does not make a dog into a service dog, and a ‘fake’ service dog makes REAL service dogs/owners encounter difficulties they should not have to deal with.
 
I’ve compiled some additional information regarding service dogs for your convenience:
  • From PetFinder.com: What Is the Difference Between an Emotional Support Animal, Therapy Dog and Service Dog?
  • Interested in learning what a service dog needs to be tested on? From National Service Animal Registry: NSAR Public Access Test for Service Dogs

Quick Comparison for Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Emotional Support Dogs

    Additional Comparison for
    Service Dog/ESA/Therapy
    Dog & Puppies in Training

      Register for one of our classes!

      See a class you like? Download our registration form to sign up!

      Returning student?

      If you've taken one of our classes before, use our express registration form.

      See Class Schedule

      Z

      Register for one of our classes!

      u

      Need more information?

      Our Affiliates

      Common Sense Self Defense

      Common Sense Self Defense classes are informal – but informational – gun safety classes taught in the Pittsburgh & surrounding areas by Allen Marker, a National Rifle Association (NRA) certified instructor & affiliate instructor with U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).

      Visit the Common Sense Self Defense website for class times and more information.