Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
American-wide (US specific) Regulatory Body
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a US-wide law that explains your rights and responsibilities as a person with disabilities, including reference to service dogs.
Here is a summary sheet of the ADA laws as they apply to service and assistance dogs.
Here is a FAQ list from the ADA.
Each state may have other laws relating to service dogs. Contact your local Justice Department or Disability organizations. They should be able to refer you.
American State by State list of Laws that Apply to Service Dogs 2016
Here's the link.
Canadian Human Rights Act
Canadian Provincial Regulatory Bodies of Service Dogs
British Columbia Ministry of Justice
Alberta Human Services Act
Here is a list of Alberta Companies/Organizations authorized to train and certify service dogs. Some do train owner-trained dogs.
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
A National Standard of Canada for Service Dogs
is currently under development
More Information can be found here.
What is a Service Dog Task?
A behavior that is deliberately trained and proofed that mitigates one or more specific disability of the handler. The behavior is reliable and is done on demand.
Article: Why Natural Behaviors are not Service Dog Tasks
Service Dog Tasks
Psychiatric Dog Tasks
Does My Dog Need to be Certified?
Don't waste your money by paying these organizations for supposed 'certification' or 'registration' of service dogs. True certifying bodies need to meet you and your dog and put the team through a public access test.
http://www.freemypaws. com/ service-dogs.html
any certificates sold on e-bay are also scams. There are ones with ADI on them and the country name and the ADI logo name is missing an 's' on dogs.
And many others!