Everything Your Service Dog Might Need

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SitStay Blog Everything your Service Dog Might Need

When you have a service dog, it's important to have access to everything your dog needs. Service dogs frequently visit places that are off-limits to pets, and it's important for them to be properly recognized as service animals. This not only ensures that the dogs will always be welcome, but also helps identify them to curious passersby.

Vests are especially helpful and make it easier to identify service dogs. Store and office staff will typically identify a dog as a service animal when a vest is worn. Bright colors like red, blue, green and orange are easily spotted. These vests are made from durable material and options with reflective material for walking at night are available.

Patches help identify dogs used for service work to the public. It's very common for people to be tempted to pet dogs that they see in public with their owners. However, dogs involved in service work need to be able to stay focused on the task at hand.

Some of the ways in which these patches help include:


  • Letting members of the general public know that they are service animals and allowed to be in a store, restaurant oranother public place
  • Pointing out when service dogs are in training and must be exposed to the same situations asfull-service animals
  • Advising interested passersby to refrain from patting the dog or asking permission first, to avoid needlessly distracting him or her
  • Notifying the public that the dog assists its owner with mobility or hearing issues and alerts others to seizures or other emergencies
  • Informing others that the dog is used for search purposes


There are several accessories that are helpful for people who own or train service dogs. Professionally designed service dog cards can be presented to anyone who questions a dog's legal ability to be in a public place. These cards advise the reader of the owner's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Other helpful accessories include web harnesses designed to be used with service dog vests. They are sturdy enough for the demands of even the biggest dogs. When owners have sight or mobility issues, it is especially important to make sure the dog is always securely leashed.

3 Responses

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

October 20, 2017

Hi Carole,
Thank you for reaching out to us, we’re sorry to hear about the passing of your dogs. :(
We do have a lot of new styles in order to fit a wide variety of needs. (Some with handles, some with mesh for lighter-weight.) We would love to help figure out what works best for you and Levi! Our phone number is 402-467-3426 and our email address is bark@sitstay.com

Carole Aldrich
Carole Aldrich

October 20, 2017

I now have my third service dog. The last two were outfitted with vests and equipment by sit stay. When Kassie passed away Katie became my SD when she died in May of this year Levi took over. I am deaf (profoundly hard of hearing) so my dogs are trained as signal service dogs. It’s time to get Levi his own equipment and vests. I see a lot of new options and am trying to sort through what I need. Can you make suggestions. Thanks

Larry R Jackson
Larry R Jackson

October 23, 2016

My service dog, Ginger, will be 7 years old on 11/12/2016, and she has been with me since she was about 8 weeks old. Ginger helps me with my vertigo condition and she is loved by everyone. I allow and encourage Ginger to be a very social dog. Ginger brings a lot of happiness to other people, especially the children at my church.

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