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Qualify My Dog

Step One: Public Access Test for Qualification

Purpose: The purpose of this Public Access Test is to ensure that dogs that have public access are stable, well-behaved and unobtrusive to the public; that you have control over the dog; and that, as a team, you do not pose a public hazard.

Many of these access questions do not apply to small dogs


Bottom Line: Your dog demonstrates that he/she is safe to be in public, and you demonstrate that you have control of your dog at all times.

  1. Approaching the building: The dog must stay in a relative heel position. The dog must display relaxed attitude and exhibit no fear of cars or traffic noises. .
  2. HEELING THROUGH A BUILDING: Once inside the building, you and your dog must walk through the area in a controlled manner. Smaller Dogs Are usually Carried. The dog must be able to avoid obstacles and not knock over or play with merchandise.
  3. SITS ON COMMAND: You should be able to have the dog sit. The dog must respond promptly each time, with no more than two commands, and no extraordinary gestures.If your dog is at a table where food May be dropped on the floor. Your dog should not break the Sitto go for the food .
  4. If an adult and/or child approaches your dog. The dog should maintain siting and not solicit attention. If the child pets the dog, the dog must behave appropriately.
  5. NOISE DISTRACTION: Your dog may acknowledge the noise, but should not in any way show aggression or fear. A normal startle reaction is acceptable. The dog may jump or turn, but should quickly recover.
  6. RESTAURANT: While you are seated at a table in a restaurant, your dog should go under the table or, if size prevents this, stay close by. The dog must sit or lie down and may move a bit for comfort from time to time, but should not be up and down frequently or require frequent correction or reminding.

I verify that my dog complies with the above guidelines


By checking this box, you personally assure Service Dogs Canada that your dog can fulfill most of the above criteria.


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