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Service Dog Alliance Membership

Owner trainers, service dog training clubs, support groups for specific disabilities, certification organizations for service dogs, training companies that train service dogs, breeders of specific breeds of dogs, etc. are all welcome to join this Alliance. Each application will be reviewed on its own merit and on compliance with our ethics and principles.

We only support those trainers, organizations, businesses and groups that provide humane training in accordance with Do No Harm principles. Our philosophy is that dogs can and do understand, can learn, can think, make decisions, choose the right path with our help. This is essential for a service dog, especially those doing medical alert. Teaching a dog via pain, intimidation, fear or other aversive means takes away that choice and thinkingness. A dog trained with aversives cannot choose to "stay" or "alert", they will always "stay" because of the fear of pain.


Service Dog Allianace and Assurance members receive a whole host of special discounts, news, exclusive education and networking opportunities, advocacy support, grant opportunities, and much more to help them be successful. Service Dog Allianace and Assurance understands your needs as a professional which is why we provide our members with assets they cannot get anywhere else. As a member, you get immediate access to these valuable benefits and resources.



We host a yearly conference of Alliance members in Tucson AZ. Each year has a different theme and is designed to bring all members up to date on specific service dogs laws and case law, equipment, training and other issues involving living with our service dogs.


As part of our partners program, we provide certification for those wanting to become service dog trainers. The course to certification does not cover general training education. General training education must be achieved before starting the service dog certification process.


In partnership with Play Your Way Academy, we have an online classroom for those who cannot find a trainer in their area and need to owner train or would just like to owner train. The MAD Training Academy covers medical alert training, public access training and support and assistance training.



In addition to our own library of articles, case law, state laws and other resources about service dogs, we also provide a forum where you can share stories, annecdotes and pictures of your life with a service dog.

No single library can hold every item its users may need, so libraries rely on you to provide resources locally, in groups, and around the world. We make it easier for you to support one another and your service dogs, no matter what resource is requested or offered.


Please check out our seminars and lectures here. All our in person seminars, workshops and lectures are recorded and the written materials are for sale. The recordings are also for sale separately.

Blog posts will follow each seminar/workshop/lecture at the BRAINS, BONES AND BEHAVIOR blog.


Case law is a set of past rulings by the courts that meet their to be cited as precedent. Case law develops an "interpretation" of the law or statute from it's exact written form.

A precedent is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court or other tribunal when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts.

Because the ADA rules are considered vague, these court cases define the ADA rules and set the precedent for future cases.


Make the most out of your Alliance experience and give back to the Alliance and Access To Service community by getting involved in leadership, philanthropy, and other opportunities.

The Alliance hosts an annual leadership class in which participants expand their knowledge of service dogs and become strong advocates in their community. We provide a platform to create understanding of community and critical issues, encourage discussion and problem-solving, cultivate appreciation for differing perspectives and inspire leadership at all levels of living with service dogs. 


Connecting with other people who have a disability and their families can be a good way of getting informal advice and support. You can get to know other people with disabilities through local support groups, disability organisations or online disability forums.

Many national and state-based disability organisations run regular support group meetings and social activities. Some may also be active on social media and have online discussion forums where you can chat to other people with the same disability. Many also offer support for families.

Self-advocacy groups are run by people with disabilities who have joined together to have their voices heard and support each other. They work together to make sure people with a disability have the same rights, choices, and opportunities as anyone else. Investigating these disability groups online can be a good place start.


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Owner/Handler Service Dog TrainerFacility or Group

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