A "Service Dog" is a dog that has been trained to do work or perform specific tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.
Pets providing emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship are not recognized as service animals under ADA regulations. Only service dogs that meet the ADA's definition of "service animal" may legally accompany their handlers in public places not typically open to dogs. Emotional support dogs cannot legally accompany their handlers anywhere that pet dogs are not typically allowed.
For more information on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals, click here to visit the ADA's service animal FAQ page.
Learn more about the difference between service dogs, emotional support dogs, and therapy dogs, proper service dog etiquette, why the misrepresentation of service dogs is such a big deal and more by visiting Please Don't Pet Me's collaborative blog!
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