It is the belief of American Service Animal Society that all Assistance Dogs have the right to a quality life. We will not tolerate unethical treatment or care of the Assistance Dog. To ensure that the service animal is receiving proper care and treatment, we have set forth these guidelines and will schedule routine visits with the service team.
An Assistance Dog must be trained using humane training methods providing for the physical and emotional safety of the dog. These humane methods and treatment must continue to be used.
An Assistance Dog must be matched to best suit the client’s needs, abilities, and lifestyle.
An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client able to interact with him/her on some level to ensure the Service Animal maintains emotional wellbeing.
An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client able to provide for the dog’s emotional, physical, and financial needs.
An Assistance dog must be placed with a client able to provide a stable and secure living environment.
An Assistance Dog must be placed with a client who expresses a desire for increased independence and or an improvement in the quality of his/her life through the use of an Assistance Dog.
An Assistance Dog must receive regular veterinary care, proper diet, and grooming care.
Minimum Standards For Assistance Dogs In Public
These are minimum standards for all Assistance Dogs to be followed while in public. All teams are encouraged to work at levels above the minimums.
Dog is clean, well groomed and does not have an offensive odor.
Dog does not urinate or defecate in inappropriate locations.
Dog does not solicit attention, visit or annoy any member of the general public.
Dog does not disrupt the normal course of business.
Dog does not vocalize unnecessarily, I.e. barking, growling, or whining.
Dog shows no aggression towards people or other animals.
Dog does not solicit or steal food or other items from the general public.
Dog obeys the commands of the client, except in cases of intelligent disobedience.
Dog works calmly and quietly on harness, leash or other tether.
Dog is able to perform its tasks in public.
Dog must be able to lie quietly beside the handler without blocking aisles, doorways, etc.
Dog is trained to urinate and defecate on command.
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