Service Dog School


Definition & Laws

According to the ADA, a service dog is a "dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability."

A service dog is then allowed anywhere the general public is allowed (i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, football games, etc.)

Services dogs must always be kept under control, as well as be harnessed, leashed, or tethered.

While there are numerous more laws, the most important thing to understand is the lack of registration, certification, or ID for a service dog. Anytime someone has one of these, it is most likely acquired through a scam website. What makes a dog a service dog are the trained tasks, not a certificate.

Bark 4 Joy Training

At Bark 4 Joy, you will be held to very high standards and are expected to follow all of Bark 4 Joy's rules. If at any time you violate these rules, you may be removed from the program. Typically, I assist my clients with three realms of training- basic obedience, public access, and task training; however, some clients just want assistance with one or two realms of service dog training. Please continue to the bottom of the page to fill out the questionnaire. 

While all cases are taken into consideration, Bark 4 Joy focuses on psychiatric service dogs (mental health, PTSD, etc.), as well as hearing and medical service dogs. However, any veterans who come to me will be referred to Dog Tag Buddies, with whom I work for. I also do not work with guide dogs, as I do not have the proper qualifications to do so.

Bark 4 Joy Process


Schedule a phone call with Bark 4 Joy using the link below


Discuss your needs during our phone call and schedule your dog's temperament evaluation.

Purchase your customized Service Dog Program.


Complete Bark 4 Joy's Service Dog School.


Receive a signed letter indicating your dog's training. While not required, it can still be helpful to have.