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Whether you are a person with a disability wanting to meet other service dog handlers or a fourth grader working on a school project, we want to make exploring the world of service dogs inviting and easy.
According to the University of Arizona, 0.9% of persons with disabilities are partnered with service dogs. In 1990, Congress found that there were 43 million Americans with disabilities, suggesting there are approximately 387,000 service dogs across the US.
Guide Dogs reports there are approximately 10,000 guide dogs (from all guide dog schools) in the field. In light of the obvious fact that guide dogs for the blind must account for more than 2.5% of the over all service dog population, the University of Arizona figure probably includes emotional support animals which are sometimes grouped with service animals, such as under the Fair Housing Act or Air Carrier Access Act. A more reasonable estimate of the number of public access (task trained) service dogs in the US might be 100,000 to 200,000.
Each day these dogs significantly impact their partners' lives. People who couldn't do the ordinary activities of daily living that others take for granted are able to function independently with the help of their canine partners.
On this site we feature information on specific kinds of service dogs, service dog training and handling, access issues, rights and legal issues. Please bear with us as we re-build our video display area where you can view clips of service dogs performing various tasks and complete construction of our interactive ClickiWiki community authored training resource. We hope these features will be available again shortly. Our community forum and help desk are fully operational and ready to answer your questions. We've stocked our forum with experts in service dog subjects such as training, public education, advocating, lobbying, handling a service dog and much more.