It is not mandatory for a service dog to sport certain identification, but it can make your life easier when going to public settings. Businesses are allowed to ask two basic questions to identify if your dog is truly a service dog, and proof of registration can make this a smooth process. Identification can also help others understand that your dog is currently working, and that they should not be approached at this time. While this should be common knowledge for dogs of all kinds, it is especially important for those with service animals.
Some of the best identification methods for service dogs include:
- Vests that are supplied by service animal registries
- Special harnesses that identify your dog as a service animal
- Collars that identify your dog as a service animal
- Tags that state your dog’s position, basic information, and their date of registry
- Badges that also that state your dog’s position, basic information, and their date of registry
These items are never required, but can be worth the extra expense if it means making your life easier. Service dog identification can help others understand that your dog is a professional, and that both of you deserve respect when in a public place.