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Service Dogs in Michigan Registration FAQ

On Tuesday October 20th 2015 Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 145. We have received a lot of questions regarding how this impacts people with existing service dogs. We wanted to create a post to answer some of the questions we receive. Public Act 145 is an act to help product disabled people who utilize a service dog to make everyday tasks easier. This law has required the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to enact a voluntary identification card for service animals. It also requires that the department receive reports of problems encountered by a person with a disability while using a service animal. To clear up any confusion between the new law and how it relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act let me explain. This new law does not impact you in anyway other than if you have a negative experience with ab business while utilizing your service dog. It's no secret that in the past few years the number of "fake" service dogs has sky rocketed which has caused problems for those that utilize a "real" service dog. Under the new law, there is a system which will help prevent any negative experiences, as it allows the government to sign-off on the validity of your animal.

If you decide to register your SA with the State of Michigan you will be required to submit an application, an affidavit (notorized), and your doctors will be required to sign an authorization acknowledging you should have a SD. Once you have all of those documents you will submit this to the State of Michigan. In return you will receive an ID card with your picture and dogs information and a patch from the State of Michigan to be attached to your dogs working vest.  (See picture)

In addition to these benefits of the law there are also some additions that increase the consequences for using a fake service dog.

You can read more about the bill by clicking here.

We hope this clears up any confusion.

Training Tour

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We have received several requests for trainings outside of our immediate market.  We have also received many clients who have found our website and utilize us for informational purposes only via phone or email.  Our goal in 2016 was to impact more areas than West Michigan.  So, today we are announcing a plan to help reach that goal. In the next few weeks we will be opening up a "schedule" for trainings.  We will be picking 5 key cities in different regions spending 2 days in each city.  We will have online booking available much like you see for concerts -- these slots will be limited to 10 per city.

We will begin traveling to these cities on July 5th with the goal of helping folks create and restore relationships with their pets.  Whether you have a new puppy or an older dog we will help set you up for success with a training plan to help accomplish your goals.

Please stay tuned here and our Facebook for updates.

Government Purchasing Statement

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Effective 3/7/2016 we became an authorized vendor for the Government.  We have met all of their requirements and criteria and are now effectively in all of the various purchasing systems they use.  We are an available vendor for all government entities including Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and any other entity that utilizes working canines and utilize the GSA / SAM.gov purchasing guidelines.

This is a big deal for us and we could not be more thrilled.  There are strict training requirements and performance standards that need to be met prior to becoming a vendor.  We are pleased and humbled that we met those requirements.

We believe that the impact on our day-to-day business will see minimal impact.  Our goal is as it's always been and that is to continue going out on a daily basis to help restore relationships between dogs and their families.  We believe that is our mission and what we are great at doing.  It's what has allowed us to grow and continue growing and a high rate and we will never abandon this idea because at the core it's who we are as a company.

So what does all of this mean?

We believe it means that we will continue growing at even a higher rate.  We will share some big announcements when we are able.  We have a lot of exciting things happening coming up and we can not wait to share them with our amazing clients!

Thank you all for your continued support.

Click here for more information on our Government Purchasing Process.