Service Dogs, ADA and the Fair Housing Act

Service Dogs, ADA and the Fair Housing Act


Course Credit Hrs.
Service Dogs, ADA and the Fair Housing Act 3.00

3 Elective Hours
Special responsibilities and etiquettes apply when your client uses a service dog.  

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  • This course will help you understand your role and responsibilities as an agent for a disabled client with a service dog. In the course you will discover common ways that service dogs assist their owners. For example, some service dogs are mobility dogs for the physically disabled. There are also dogs that assist with medical-related disabilities, such as neurological, developmental, psychiatric, and diabetic disabilities.
    Service dogs come from just about any breed you can imagine, depending on what job they perform. Larger dogs are used to pull wheel chairs, while smaller dogs might be more convenient for medical alert purposes. It all depends on the specific needs of the person with a disability.

    3 Elective Hours

  • You will learn about the different types of service dogs and the training required. You will also gain an understanding of how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Law affect the rights of people with service dogs.

    Section 1 – Types of Assistance Dogs
    Chapter 1 – Types of Dogs
    • Introduction
    • Service Dogs and Their Tasks, and Breeds Used as Service Dogs
    Chapter 2 – Other Assistance Animals
    Chapter 3 – Training
    • Training the Dog
    • Educating the Service Provider
    • What the Dog is Telling You

    Section 2 – Overview of the ADA
    Chapter 1 – General Information
    Chapter 2 – The ADA and Service Animals
    Chapter 3 – Service Providers and the ADA
    • Commonly Asked Questions
    • Complying with the ADA
    • Service Animals in the Workplace

    Section 3 – Overview of the Fair Housing Law
    Chapter 1 – General Information
    Chapter 2 – The Fair Housing Law and Dogs
    • Emotional Support Animals
    • Guidelines for Housing Providers
    • Other Federal Laws
    Chapter 3 – Service Providers and the Fair Housing Law
    • Brokerage Offices
    • Property Managers and Leasing Agents
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Laurel Stone 

    Laurel Stone is a licensed real estate broker in Wisconsin.  She has been active in the real estate business since 1977, and has participated in many facets of the business.  In addition to real estate sales, Laurel has experience in owning her own office, managing a residential office, appraisal, and owning a property management company that specialized in inner city management. She has taught pre-license and continuing education courses for Wisconsin since 1988.

    Since 1991, Laurel has been involved in training and competing with German shepherd dogs. She has written and taught dog obedience courses, and has attended numerous dog training schools and workshops.  She has evaluated dogs for a regional medical center pet therapy program and trained a dog that ultimately became a Psychiatric Service Dog. 

    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at



Continuing Education Requirements
Licensees are required to complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses for each two-year license period (January 1 of odd-numbered years through December 31 of even-numbered years), also referred to as the licensing biennium.
Licensees intending to renew their license on an active status by the renewal deadline of November 30 (even-numbered years) must complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses during the biennium. The required continuing education hours include the commission designated core courses, which are offered in a two-part format (Core A and Core B), and the remaining courses as elective credit hours. Visit the Hawaii Real Estate Commission website for more information about continuing education requirements.

Continuing Ed Express submits course completion information to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Licensees will receive certificates marked “elective” for elective courses and “core” for core courses after they complete each course.
BEFORE you purchase a course, check your continuing education history on the Hawaii Online Real Estate Continuing Education website to make sure you can receive continuing education credit for each course. According to Hawaii Administrative Rules, S 16-99-95 Duplicate continuing education hours: “Except as provided by the commission or by this subchapter, a licensee shall not take a continuing education course for which the licensee has already received a certificate within two consecutive biennia.”

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