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4 Paws Service-Animals-in-Training

The University of Dayton works with 4Paws for Ability and its University Puppy Raiser program to help with the socialization and basic obedience training of animals in the 4 Paws program. Service Animals-in-Training are not recognized by federal law but are recognized by Ohio Revised Code 955.43. Typically puppy rearing (less than six months of age) focused on socialization and basic obedience training is not considered Service Animal training.  

How to Become a Handler

If you are interested in becoming a handler of a service animal-in-training through 4Paws for Ability and their University Puppy Raiser program:

Join the 4Paws at UD student organization (see the 1850 website). The student organization will be able to give you more information about the process for both sitter and handler responsibilities as well as commitment expectations.  Please note, 4Paws for Ability will review and process all applications and address the formal training.  Any student seeking to be a handler or an overnight sitter should work with Housing and Residence Life regarding housing verification paperwork, which is required by 4Paws.

To be a handler through the 4Paws at UD program, you must be a junior or senior in good academic and conduct standing. If you live on campus, you cannot live in a residence hall or legacy house. 


Disability Services

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302
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