Manners Evaluation for service dogs in training (SDITs)


Through April 10th, 2019, the beta-version of this evaluation was officially open to feedback so we can ensure it best serves our community and the public. We are now working toward a final version. Thank you!


A woman wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt stands in an empty area in a pet store, looking down and holding her right index finger up. She holds a leash in her left hand, connected to a leash splitter. At the ends are two small black and tan dogs wearing Green Bay Packers jerseys as they sit and look up at the woman.

For decades, our community has used outside tests designed for pet dogs to help us mark progress along the earlier stages of a service dog training journey. These tests worked okay as vague milestones, but weren’t tailored to service dog training, weren’t great for detailing how test-takers could make improvements, and were associated with an unnecessarily costly corporate structure.

We’ve designed a Service Dog in Training (SDIT) Manners Evaluation to do better. If you’re training a dog to be a service dog, our SDIT Manners Evaluation can help you:

• decide whether the dog is ready for public access as an SDIT, as local laws allow

• chart training progress

• create additional records that may be useful in the future if you have to be involved in a court case over an access issue

• avoid unnecessary fees—we recommend having a professional trainer administer this evaluation for any formal records, but it is otherwise free to use (of course, donations are welcome!)

This SDIT Manners Evaluation is not intended to address disability mitigation training (as opposed to public access and obedience behaviors), to provide a PSDP stamp of approval or guarantee, or to be shown to gatekeepers to help one gain access to no-pets places. Instead, it is primarily a tool to help in training a dog toward more advanced Public Access Test standards.

We hope you find this useful and were able to give us feedback—whether negative or positive—on the draft/beta version linked just below! The last day for beta testing was April 10th, 2019. We will post the final version when we are finished incorporating community feedback.

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SDIT Manners Eval beta-version

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