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ESA or Service Dog

ESA's vs Service Dogs

Simply put: An ESA does NOT meet the standards of the ADA law and does not have protections awarded by the ADA. A Service Dog DOES meet the standards of the ADA law and is awarded protections under the ADA.

Protection Differences

ESA Protections

Service Dog Protections

General Guideline Differences

ESA Guidelines

Service Dog Guidelines

Can My ESA Become ADA Compliant?

If You Are Eligible For A Service Dog Doctor/ESA Letter,

than often YES, you can train your dog to become ADA compliant and have the additional protections awarded to you under the ADA law. Keep in mind that you MUST train your dog in public access work and train your dog to perform a specific task for your needs.

Connect with a Training Academy Coach to get help with your training or other ESA and Service Dog needs.

Simply use the live help icon in the right hand corner of your screen to get in touch anytime!

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Service Dog and ESA Registration Comparison

Service Dog Registration

Open Range Academy Service Dog and ESA Registration

Open Range Academy offers comprehensive Service Dog, ESA, ESD and any breed or animal type registration services. ORA offers a unique registration platform that was developed from our extensive experience working in the real world with service dogs and ESA's.

Compare Service Dog Registration Services

The Open Range Academy Registry Difference

Open Range Academy (ORA) Service Animal Registration is the first of its kind. The ORA Registry is the only public service animal registry that offers handler-team validation, supporting documentation, handler team support and document concierge services included. Here is a quick comparison of the ORA Service Animal registry vs the "other" guys:

Open Range Academy Registry Features:

All features are available and made public only at the handlers discretion*

Registry Features:

Handler Information:

Canine Information:

Emergency Contact Information:

Training Records:

Training Certifications:

The "Other" Registry Companies:

Registry Features:

Handler Information:

Canine Information:

Emergency Contact Information:

Training Records:

Training Certifications:

Professional Support:

OPEN RANGE ACADEMY REGISTRY FEATURES REVIEW:

OPEN RANGE ACADEMY SERVICE DOG REGISTRATION

EASY ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION YOU ARE WILLING TO PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS. AN ORA REGISTRATION NUMBER IS ALSO REQUIRED FOR TRACKING YOUR ORA SERVICE DOG TRAINING AND ACCOMPLISHMENT CERTIFICATIONS.

PERTINENT PUBLIC CANINE AND HANDLER AWARENESS INFORMATION

BASIC PERTINENT INFORMATION INCLUDING: NAME, PICTURE, AND TASK WORK PERFORMED, ETC.

EMERGENCY CONTACT AND PROCEDURE INFORMATION

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (i.e. Call 911). HANDLERS DOCTOR INFORMATION, CLOSE CONTACT OR OTHER RELEVANT CONTACTS. HOW TO HELP IN CASE OF EPISODES REQUIRING ASSISTANCE.

CANINE HEALTH RECORDS

COPIES OF VACCINATION AND YEARLY VET REPORT.

CANINE TRAINING RECORDS

TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING HOURS, CERTIFICATES, CERTIFICATE VIDEOS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

VERIFIED TRAINING ASSESSMENT TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

EARN CERTIFICATES AFTER WORKING THROUGH ORA SERVICE DOG COURSES AND TAKING YOUR EVALUATION TEST WITH A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR.

PUBLIC AWARENESS SUPPORT

ALTHOUGH YOU MAY ONLY BE ASKED A FEW QUESTIONS UNDER FEDERAL GUIDELINES, BUSINESSES ULTIMATELY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR BUSINESS IF THEY FEEL THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE A LEGITIMATE SERVICE DOG. THE OPEN RANGE ACADEMY REGISTRATION PROVIDES QUICK ACCESS TO YOUR CERTIFICATION AND EVALUATION VIDEOS THAT HELP PUBLIC ENTITIES KNOW THAT YOUR DOG HAS THE PROPER TRAINING.

OPEN RANGE ACADEMY SUPPORT

OPEN RANGE ONLY PROVIDES VERIFIED CERTIFICATES AND ID PLACARDS TO THOSE WHO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS. ONE PURPOSE OF OUR REGISTRATION SERVICE IS TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TRAINING HOURS AND CERTIFICATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. ADDITIONALLY, WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP ENCOURAGE YOU, HELP YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND ASSIST YOU WITH STAYING COMPLIANT WITH FEDERAL LAWS. OUR COACHES AND TRAINERS ARE ACCUSTOM TO WORKING WITH SERVICE ANIMALS IN PUBLIC AND CAN HELP GUIDE YOU IN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS AND PROVIDE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE MOVING FORWARD.

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(USELESS) REGISTRATION NUMBER

OTHER COMPANIES PROVIDE YOU WITH A REGISTRATION NUMBER THAT SHOWS YOUR NAME, YOUR DOGS NAME, AND A PICTURE OF YOUR CANINE. THIS PROVIDES NO VALIDATION VALUE TO THE PUBLIC AND EXTENDS ZERO RIGHTS OR PERMISSIONS TO THE HANDLER.

Supporting Service Animals

Help The Open Range Academy Keep Consumers Informed

Open Range Academy is a full service training and professional Service Dog and Emotional Service Dog support platform. We are here to assist you with your Service Dog experience. We provide administrative coaching, professional dog training courses live and at home, and training evaluation certifications (similar to the AKC but for Service Dogs).

Continue working through our website and this page to learn more. If you decide not to register your Service Dog with the Open Range Academy, you can stay informed by creating your free account. Your free account provides access to training videos, useful documents, the ORA forum, and support/coaching groups.

You can also support the Open Range Academy by sharing this page, or other articles on our site through your social media.

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Do "Other" Service Animal Registries Provide Any Value?

FACT: There is not one registry service available, besides Open Range Academy, that actually backs up their clients claims to a Service Animal with verifiable and useful information. Do not be mislead, other registries are nothing short of consumer fraud.

WARNING

Other registration and certification companies provide a false notion that by becoming “registered” you now have a legally registered service animal. THIS IS FALSE.

Ultimately Service Dog “registration” is NOT required under any federal law; additionally, federal laws do not grant rights or permissions to registry companies or canines participating in those public registries. The value to the client, you, is only relevant to the services offered by the registry. In order to comply with federal laws your dog must be trained.

Ultimately Service Dog “certification” is NOT required under any federal law. Certification only provides value if it is backed up through training and provides additional public awareness.

NO OTHER COMPANY OFFERS TRAINING, TRAINING EVALUATION CERTIFICATES, PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT, OR LONG TERM ASSISTANCE

OPEN RANGE IS THE ONLY COMPANY

Service Dog Registration Services

Open Range Academy Registry Options

Purchase your registration on the Open Range Academy public database, or purchase your registration with our training and coaching bundles.

PURCHASE AN OPEN RANGE REGISTRATION PROGRAM TODAY

No Payment Options

$149 plus recurring yearly registration fee(s).

$149
SERVICE ANIMAL REGISTRATION (only)

Best For Service Animal (any kind) Registration
1 YEAR COACHING ASSISTANCE+

FEATURES

SAVE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS WHEN YOU PURCHASE REGISTRATION IN PAW PASS BUNDLE

Includes Service Registration Number, ID's, Paw Coaching And Access To Support Training Courses.

PAW PASS Options Start

As Low As $149 or $19/m with payment plan.

$149
PAW PASS BASIC

Best For Home Registration and FHA Help ONLY
1 YEAR COACHING ASSISTANCE+

FEATURES INCLUDE ONE YEAR OF FREE COACHING!

HUNDREDS OF ADDITIONAL FEATURES INCLUDED WITH PAW PASS STARTER, PAW PASS LIVE, PAW PASS INSTRUCTOR, OR LIFETIME PASS PASS.

aLL PAW PASSES HAVE PAYMENT OPTIONS!

Service Dog and ESA Certificate Programs

ORA Certificate Programs

Open Range Academy Service Animal Certificate Programs

Open Range Academy offers comprehensive training and certification programs for Service Dogs, ESD's, Therapy Dogs, Family Dogs, Puppy Training, Behavior Correction and more.

Administrative Support

Open Range Academy Certificate Programs

Open Range Academy (ORA) offers certificate evaluations for all types of dogs and dog training programs. All certificates can be completed from your home, use the live chat to speak with a coach and learn more.

7 Levels Of Service Dog Certificates

Service Dog Certificates

The Open Range Academy started our certification programs with service animals in mind. No other company or institution specializes in the requirements and needs of service animals.

ORA is proud to offer 7 comprehensive levels of Service Dog Certificate Evaluation plus our Service Dog Readiness (SDR) Program.

7 Levels Of Emotional Support Dog Certificates

Emotional Support Dog Certificates

Coming Soon

Therapy Dog Certificates

Therapy Dog Certificates

Coming Soon

Family Dog Certificates

Family Dog Certificates

Coming Soon

AKC Certificates

AKC Certificates

PURCHASE INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATE EVALUATIONS TODAY

SAVE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS WHEN YOU PURCHASE YOUR CERTIFICATES AND TRAINING ACCESS IN A PAW PASS BUNDLE

Includes Service Registration Number, ID's, Paw Coaching And Access To Support Training Courses.

Service Dog Coaching Services

Open Range Academy offers comprehensive support and long term administrative assistance to clients. Although your Paw Coach is there to assist you in any way possible with your Service Animal journey, here are the main areas of support that we provide:​

Learn All Of The Basics To Get Started With Your Service Dog Team. Work From Home With A Trainer, Self Paced Service Dog Training, Easy Identification Tags, Document Concierge Services, Identification Vests, Training Certifications and More.​