Service & Facility Dogs

Note! A service or assistance dog is NOT the a therapy dog and a therapy dog is NOT a service dog.

A service dog, as defined by the ADA = Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

AAP will train and/or assist in the training of a service dog on a limited basis. We require individuals to meet with us and complete a pre-evaluation to determine needs and appropriateness of adding a service dog to their life before we commit to a training plan.

*Training a service dog is a significant commitment and financial investment and takes on average 1-2 years for a dog that begins training as a puppy. Individuals should plan to make the financial and personal commitment prior to requesting a pre-evaluation with AAP.

*AAP may help an individual locate an appropriate pup/dog to be trained for service work however, we do not raise service dogs

Please email Hayl at for more information or to schedule a suitability pre-evaluation.

Facility dogsFacility dogs are not service dogs. Facility dogs act in similar fashion to therapy dogs in that they are trained to provide animal assisted activities (comfort and support) to individuals living within care facilities. As a team, a facility dog and their handler work within a facility (the handler is an employee of the facility) on a regular basis to provide animal assisted activities.

AAP regularly trains and prepares facility dogs for working within long term care communities, including skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care, and hospice. Please email Hayl at for more information.

A girl and her dog