Code Of Conduct
SDSTS Code of Conduct
To advocate for positive changes with regards to public perception, and clarification of ADA guidelines and legislation that supports the lifestyle of people with disabilities and their service animals.
SDSTS dogs team members will:
- Be leashed at all times while in public with the exception of security searches, i.e. the airport security
- Be able to perform at least 2 tasks to demonstrate the mitigation of their handler’s disability.
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior which reflects the training of a service dog. Dogs that show aggressiveness, fearfulness and behaviors that show lack of training will not be recognized as a SDSTS Dog candidate or member.
- Be used only by their human team member.
- May be of any breed of dog that has been evaluated by and approved by the trainer and demonstrates the skills, personality and characteristics necessary to form a relationship with the human they will be providing service to.
SDSTS team members will:
- Be familiar with and honor the ADA regulation:
https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm#anchor62335 Solutions regarding difficult situations will be reviewed by SDSTS board members for recommendations.
- Maintain groomed and healthy animals.
Detailed information for COC
- Our service dogs must be leashed at all times, and handlers must maintain control of their animals at all times. If the team is required to pass through security the leash may be removed. A dropped leash to practice down, stays or other tasks is appropriate.
- Our service dogs need to be trained or training in at least two tasks to mitigate their handler’s disabilities.
- Our teams will be expected to be clean and respectful. We will not bring dirty or sick animals into public areas. We will keep our animals under control and behave with respect appropriate to the atmosphere we go into. We will maintain groomed and healthy animals.
- If we encounter an access problem, we will remove ourselves as quickly and respectfully as possible. We will follow up with the proper authorities so that we can spread service dog education in an appropriate and respectful manner.
- Unless a parent is helping to train the dog for a young child, our service dogs will only be worked by the person it is being trained for.
- Part of educating the public is learning the most appropriate and respectful way in which to handle learning opportunities. We will offer training so our members can handle these situations with respectful confidence.
- Our service dogs will not be found in baskets, on shelves, or anywhere else they should not be. Unless the task requires otherwise, our service dogs will maintain all four feet on the floor.
- There will always be struggles and differences of opinion, but our focus will be to improve quality of life for all service dog handlers. We will not choose sides or jump to conclusions. We will research facts and study out solutions when needed.
- We believe any breed of dog can become a service dog if it has the right personality to fit its handler’s disabilities. The only exception is a wolf hybrid which is not considered a fully domesticated animal.
- We will work with government representatives to change legislation as needed to improve the lives of disabled people. We will research laws and advocate for our community.