Service Dog Awareness Month: How Much Do You Know About Service Dogs?

Written by: 
Brianna Bentov

In recognition of National Service Dog Awareness Month, we created a fun, 6-question quiz to test our followers’ knowledge about what a K9s For Warriors Service Dog truly is. We posted it to Facebook in early September and watched the answers roll in.

We were impressed by the Service Dog savviness we found!

The vast majority answered all six questions correctly:

Most of our followers proved to be very educated about Service Dogs, but there was one question that commonly caused confusion: How do you know a K9s For Warriors Service Dog is real?

Answer choices: A. It has a vest on

               B. It is leashed to its handler

               C. It was trained to mitigate a disability

               D. All of the above

The answer? D. All of those factors are requirements for our ADI-certified Service Dogs.

If this question gets you, too, here we breakdown each answer choice.

Just because a dog is wearing a vest in public does not mean it is a legitimate service dog. However, K9s For Warriors’ Service Dogs do wear identifiable vests because vests are a recognized symbol in the Service Dog industry that announce a dog is trained and working in that moment (although it’s not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act).

Conversely, as you can imagine, a vest is an easy way to fake it. As we know from countless news headlines, fake Service Dogs are rampant. Aggravating the issue are fraudulent organizations that, for a charge, will give vests for anyone to pass off their pet as a Service Dog when it truly is not.

Therefore, when you see any dog in-vest in public, it doesn’t always mean it’s a legitimate Service Dog. The image below shows a real K9s For Warriors Service Dog in the vest that all of our highly trained canines wear.

*Real K9s For Warriors Service Dog Vest


Additionally, all of our Service Dogs remain leashed to their veteran while in public. Not only is it the safest and most responsible way for a service animal to accompany its handler outside of the home, but it is a requirement under the ADA.

Lastly, the title Service Dog is an earned one. Our canines go through months of training and evaluation to pass the test and become certified. We pride ourselves on the intense, dedicated efforts of our K9 trainers and kennel teams to transform once despondent shelter dogs into proud, PTSD Service Dogs. You can learn more about our training program here.

If you didn’t get a chance to take the quiz and want to, click here. Otherwise, class dismissed!