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Identify Your Service Dog With A Service Dog Vest

Rhonda Owens

Service dogs are assistance dogs that have been individually trained to help individuals with disabilities such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental illness, seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs can be identified by wearing a service dog vest that indicates that they have responsibilities and are working dogs. Here are some things to consider if you are disabled and want to get your dog a service dog vest:

Service Dog Vest Options:

  • Vest Sizes:  Service dog vests come in many sizes. Vest sizes range from tiny vests suitable for a dog that is 13 - 16 inches tall at the withers to extra large vests that can be worn by dogs that are 39 - 45 inches at the withers. All service dog vests come with adjustable straps so the size of the vest can be made smaller or larger.
  • Vest Colors:  Service dog vests come in a many colors. There are no universal rules or regulations on service dog vest colors. Some organizations have designated specific vest colors to identify the capabilities of trained service dogs, but these designations only have significance within those groups.
  • Pockets:  You can get a service dog vest with pockets to carry your medications, a list of emergency names and numbers, a pencil and paper, a cell phone, and any other items that you may need. Access to these vest pockets can be either by Velcro or a zipper.  
  • Harnesses:  Some service dog vests come with a detachable harness. A harness can provide balance support for you when crossing the street, walking on uneven ground, or provide a sturdy handhold when you are transferring to and from a wheelchair.

Identification Card:  Service dogs are not required to be registered. To identify your service dog, you can get a service dog identification card with your name, your service dog's name, your address, city, state, phone number, other pertinent information, and a picture of your dog. This identification card can be beneficial should you and your service dog get separated or you become incapacitated. These cards are available online.

Training:  Many service dogs have been trained for specific responsibilities and tasks before they are assigned to their owner. Other service dogs have no formal training but have been individually trained by their owners. Both of these types of service dogs can wear a service dog vest, as needed. To train your service dog, you can enroll them in a local dog training school to learn simple or complicated tasks to help you with your specific disabilities.

Service dogs are beneficial to those with disabilities and can be recognized by their service dog vest. With a service dog vest, you and dog can go anywhere and know that you are both completely identified and can have full access to all public places. Service dog vests are available through dog training organizations and online. Click here to learn more about service dog vests.

 


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