The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law covering service dogs. Although the ADA does not require service dogs to wear any identifying gear, persons with disabilities may find it simpler to be in public areas with a service dog when it wears a service dog vest. Many service dogs wear a harness, jacket, or vest to carry medical equipment or assist with work responsibilities in addition to providing information that it is a working dog and not a regular pet. Here are five of the most common types of service dog gear.

  1. Pulling Harness. Service dogs who need to pull wagons or wheelchairs or move and open large things wear pulling harnesses. While there are many different types, most service dogs wear padded versions with Y-straps that fit between the front legs and over the shoulders. A girth strap attaches around the dog’s abdomen. Pulling harnesses should only be worn by dogs large enough to perform the physical work.
  2. Ruffwear Webmaster. This professional looking harness conforms to all body types flawlessly because it is extremely adjustable. It is useful for both transitioning from a sitting position to standing and remarkably light counterbalance work. When the harness is secured properly on larger dogs and frequently checked for proper fit, it can be used for pulling wagons and wheelchairs.
  3. Cape Vests. Any size or type of service dog can wear a cape vest. The straps fit around the abdomen and chest of the dog to keep it in place. They are moderately priced and equipped to accommodate embroidery or hold patches. Many have extra rings, pockets, or other helpful features.
  4. Brace and Mobility Support Harness. Intended to be extremely ergonomic for both the dog and handler, brace and mobility support harnesses typically have a sturdy pull strap or rigid handle attachment. It is crucial to use a properly fitted harness for you and your dog’s safety. Likewise, only a dog that has finished growing or whose joints have been checked for soundness by a vet should be allowed to use a brace and mobility support harness.
  5. Cape Harness. The cape harness has D-rings at the sides, making the addition of pull straps simple. These ergonomic harnesses are sturdier than cape vests, come in various sizes to fit average-sized working dogs, and have ample space to add patches.

There are many more high-quality working dog vests available, designed for durability and comfort. Choose from a wide assortment of types and colors as well as informative patches at USA Service Dogs to match your working dog's style and responsibilities.

Service Dog Registration

Registering your service dog with United States Service Dog registry is an important step. To begin the service dog registration process, you must have a disability listed in the ADA. Next, your dog must qualify for a service dog by passing the Public Access Test to prove that he can behave appropriately in public places and provide necessary assistance to you should the situation arise. After your dog passes the Public Access Test, you can apply for a service dog certification, which registers him as a service dog. After completing the registration process, you will receive an official service dog certificate, photo identification cards indicating that your dog is a service animal, and service dog patches for your dog’s vest or harness. Your dog’s status as a service animal will be listed in the company’s database. However, registering your dog as a service animal is for registration purposes only and does not afford him any legal rights. The experts at USA Service Dogs can help guide you through the registration process for registering your dog as a service animal.