Only a person with a legal disability may use an Assistance Dog out in the community. Every dog that is owned by a PWD is not an Assistance Dog.
Legally disabled owner plus dog equals pet. Legally disabled owner plus obedience trained, well-mannered and friendly dog equals nice pet that is safe to take to places where pets are allowed.
Legally disabled owner plus dog individually trained to mitagate owner’s disability, trained in obedience, well-mannered and safe to use in the public equals Assistance (Service) Dog.