Dogs that show high arousal, reactivity, or defensiveness are not service dog candidates and will not be accepted into the AVSDA program. These dogs can still improve with training and can live wonderful lives assisting you at home. Many dogs who do not meet criteria as service dogs and who are not granted public access rights become emotional support animals who can improve your quality of life at home. If you are initially accepted into AVSDA with your own dog but later your dog fails to meet criteria, we will offer you the option of completing the program for an emotional support animal (ESA).
If you think your dog has an easy-going, agreeable disposition and you’d like to have us assess your dog as a service dog candidate, please continue and complete all of the application materials linked below.
So, what if you are pretty certain your dog cannot become a service dog, but you really need one? We suggest, if it is safe and feasible, you consider adding a second dog, provided by AVSDA, to your family. If you think this might be your best option, proceed to the “applying for an AVSDA service dog” area of our website, or reach out for more information: email@example.com