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

This course includes 1 hour of Fair Housing.
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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.

    This course includes 1 hour of Fair Housing.
  • 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



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