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When does a dog transition from being "in training" to being a full service dog?

A dog becomes a full service dog when he meets the requirements of a full service dog.

1. He is reliably obedience trained.
2. He is task trained
3. He is distraction trained for public access.

Most programs evaluate their candidates before placing them as full service dogs with a public access test. Public access training involves teaching the dog to perform the tasks and obedience commands he has already learned, despite distractions commonly found in public accommodations. Since it is the last phase of training, passing a public access test is used by those programs as an indicator the dog is ready to work.