Parakeet Power: Can a Parakeet Be Trained as a Service Animal?


Service animals are specially trained to perform specific tasks for individuals with disabilities. These animals can be dogs, miniature horses, and even monkeys. But is it possible for a parakeet to be a service animal?

What is a Service Animal?

As stated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals “are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities”. The tasks could include things like alerting their handler of an oncoming seizure, guiding individuals who have visual impairments, providing emotional support for individuals suffering from anxiety or depression.

The Requirements of Service Animals

To qualify as a service animal under the ADA guidelines, the following requirements must be met:

1. The animal must be specifically trained;
2. The animal must assist someone disabled in some way;
3. The disability in question does not necessarily need to be visible; and
4. They cannot cause any disturbance or nuisance in public places and should always remain under control.

Since parakeets have not been traditionally used as service animals similar to dogs and other domesticated species such as cats and rabbits which recently started being trained due to their calm nature around people just like dogs.

Limitations of Parakeets as Service Animals

While there’s no limitation on what animal species can become certified assistance animals but realistically they still pose limitations when compared against larger domesticated pets like dogs that require less frequent attention from their owners.
Parakeets being small birds require more frequent interaction with humans that may hinder its ability serve without getting easily distracted from its task thereby defeating its intended purpose

Additionally, they also don’t possess certain characteristics needed when functioning as an assistance pet suchas dexterity needed while opening doors,cabinets etc which presents another obstacle which hinders them from performing successfully at every task they are meant to perform


While parakeets can be great companion pets, it is highly unlikely for them to qualify as service animals due to their inherent limitations. The ADA guidelines specified that the animal must provide meaningful and reliable assistance for an individual’s day-to-day activities, which goes beyond the companionship or emotional support a parakeet may offer. Therefore if you are looking for a qualified service animal look in the direction of domesticated animals such as dogs, miniature horses or cats who make excellent candidates with specific training so that they can help individuals living with disabilities lead more independent lives.