Service dogs are individually trained to perform tasks for people. Service dogs are not pets. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go.
Canine Support Teams Service dogs are placed with disabled clients, clients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. These service dogs are taught to assist their partners by pulling manual wheelchairs, turning lights on and off, pushing elevator buttons, and barking to get help. Social dogs are placed with individuals, in nursing homes or in group care facilities.
Interaction with dogs has been proven to have a strong, positive psychological impact. All dogs accepted into the training program must pass rigorous health and temperament tests. These dogs are either part of the Canine Support Teams breeding program or are donated by private breeders.