Service Dog Vests Are Not Required
- While it makes sense that a service dog wear identification and/or a vest, this is not legally required in the United States.
- There is no legitimate service dog certification or registration in the US.
- Many service dogs do wear identification or a vest to make their status clear when entering places of business or other places where pets might be prohibited.
- In recent times there has been a lot of discussion about ‘fake service dogs’ merely wearing a vest in order to travel or enter a place with a person who does not actually require a service dog at all.
- Not only is this illegal, but it’s been making things more difficult for people who actually need and use a service dog.
Why a Service Dog Should Wear a Vest
- If you do have a service dog, it is a good idea to make him identifiable to others so that they know he is clearly on the job.
- Most often it’s a good idea for the dog to wear a backpack, harness or brightly colored vest that says ‘service dog’ or ‘do not pet’
- Affection and interactions with members of the public can be distracting for the dog and could inadvertently cause potential negative implications to the dog user.
- Your professional service dog trainer can help direct you to service dog vests and identification.