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Service Dogs in Training

A service dog in training is a dog that is in training to perform a task related to a disability, for a person with a disability. Under Ohio law, Ohio Revised Code Section 955.43, service dogs in training have the same access to facilities as service dogs, subject to the expectations established for service dogs. Ohio law requires that service dogs in training be covered by a liability insurance policy provided by the nonprofit special agency engaged in such work. 

Dogs in training must be under the control of their handler at all times and must not be disruptive to their surroundings.

Students and employees must register their service dog in training with the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (“ECRC”). Community members and other visitors who are frequently on campus with their service dog in training are encouraged to also register their dog with ECRC.

Similar to questions about service dogs, the trainer will be asked whether the trainer is training a dog in order to assist with a disability and to identify what task the dog is being trained to perform. The trainer will also be asked questions about basic obedience and toiletry. 

As part of the registration process, individuals must provide the following documentation:

  1. Proof of liability insurance provided by the nonprofit special agency engaged in training of service dogs;
  2. A photo of the service dog in training;
  3. Health information about the service dog in training; and
  4. Dog registration from Athens County or the home county.

This documentation must be updated with ECRC on at least an annual basis.

For more information, please call ECRC at 740.593.9140 or email access@ohio.edu

 

Ohio University, ECRC, November 6, 2017