Many people are interested in volunteering a dog they own for service dog training and this is very commendable. Service dogs are those that assist the disabled in many different ways.
Seeing-eye dogs for the blind, assistance dogs for the deaf or those confined to wheelchairs, and dogs with jobs such as this are considered service dogs and they do provide something invaluable to those that need this assistance the most.
You can learn more here about service animal registration services.
But if you review the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) you may notice that it doesn't really specify who may perform service dog training in order for a dog to be considered an assistance dog.
This is important to consider because while service dogs must be allowed in certain areas when in the presence of their owners such as restaurants, on buses, and other such public places, dogs or animals that are not technically service or assistance animals do not have this same legal protection. So how do you know if the service dog training you're investigating for your own animal is legitimate?
Keep in mind that while the ADA does not specify legal requirements for a trainer or instructor when it comes to service dog training they do specify what certifies an animal as a service dog.
Specifically the disability has to affect a major life function and that the dog has to be individually trained to assist the disabled person. This is important because everyone's disability is different and affects him or her in different ways. Service dog training must be individualized for that person.