What is a Service Assistance Dog?

As distinct from a pet dog, a service assistance dog, as defined by Titles II and II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is any dog that a person with a disability owns in order to help him or her perform certain essential daily and life activities that he or she would not otherwise be able to perform by him or herself.

Within that general definition, certain specific rules, restrictions and guidelines apply. Key among these is that a doctor’s letter acknowledging your disability alone does not turn your pet dog into a service assistance dog. Rather, the tasks the dog performs for you must directly be related to your specific disability. These may include:

Emotional Assistance – Such as offering deep pressure for calming purposes, recognizing signs of emotional distress and facilitating removal from the triggering stimulus, including crowds and claustrophobic situations, helping reduce emotional stress and overload in the workplace, offering tactile stimulation and affection, locating exits and a service dog for anxiety.

Treatment Assistance – Such as providing medication reminders, helping an individual with communication-related tasks such as conveying
a need and waking individuals who are sedated.

Security Assistance – Such as checking for intruders, calling for assistance, turning on or off lights, preventing strangers from getting too close and guarding valuable possessions while in public.

Medical Crisis and Other Emergency Assistance – Such as retrieving medication to relieve symptoms, retrieve beverages so medication can be taken, retrieving an emergency telephone, summoning aid, answering the door, calling an emergency hotline like 911, alerting their owner to a smoke alarm and aiding in a safe exit and carrying needed medical supplies.

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What a Service Assistance Dog Can Do

1. A Service Dog Can Live With You In Pet-Free Homes

2. A Service Dog Can Attend School Classes With You

3. A Service Assistance Dog Can Ride Transportation With You

4. A Service Assistance Dog Can Fly With You In Cabin For Free On Domestic Airplanes

5. A Service Assistance Dog Can Go WIth You to Work

6. A Service Assistance Dog Can Enter Pet-Free Businesses and Public Buildings and Access Pet-Free Public Spaces With You

1. A Service Dog Can Live With You In Pet-Free Homes

Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA,) a person with disability is protected from housing discrimination, including being forbidden from having a service assistance dog or being denied housing because of having a service assistance dog. Rather, in fact, landlords must make reasonable accommodations to allow you and your service assistance dog to take (or retain) residence. This applies even in “Pet-free” and “Dog-free” housing. One such reasonable accommodation would be to waive any pet fee or deposit.

To file a complaint about a housing violation of your rights to have a service assistance dog live with you, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at 800-669-9777 (voice,) 800-927-9275 (TTY) or online at www.hud.gov/fairhousing

2. A Service Dog Can Live Attend School Classes With You

Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA,) a person with disability is protected from housing discrimination, including being forbidden from having a service assistance dog or being denied housing because of having a service assistance dog. Rather, in fact, landlords must make reasonable accommodations to allow you and your service assistance dog to take (or retain) residence. This applies even in “Pet-free” and “Dog-free” housing. One such reasonable accommodation would be to waive any pet fee or deposit.

To file a complaint about a housing violation of your rights to have a service assistance dog live with you, contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at 800-669-9777 (voice,) 800-927-9275 (TTY) or online at www.hud.gov/fairhousing

What is a Service Assistance Dog?

To qualify for a service assistance dog, you must have a legitimate disability, disorder or medical conditions. Further, this disability, disorder or condition must impair your ability to function normally in life in such a way that a trained dog can help you overcome that impairment enough to function more normally in life. Very common disabilities where a service animal can help :

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Diabetes
  • PTSD, Post-traumatic stress
  • Problems with speech
  • Social anxiety and phobias
  • Other physical and mental disabilities

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Where can you bring a service animal?

As a person with a disability, you can legally have a service dog accompany you into any public building or space, business or transportation, so long as the dog’s presence there doesn’t pose a direct health or safety risk to you, the dog or others. Here is a list of just some of the places you can go with your service dog:

What Questions Can a Business Owner or Staff Ask?

As a person with a disability, you can legally have a service dog accompany you into any public building or space, business or transportation, so long as the dog’s presence there doesn’t pose a direct health or safety risk to you, the dog or others. Here is a list of just some of the places you can go with your service dog:

Is Registration of Your Service Dog a Requirement by Low?

As a person with a disability, you can legally have a service dog accompany you into any public building or space, business or transportation, so long as the dog’s presence there doesn’t pose a direct health or safety risk to you, the dog or others. Here is a list of just some of the places you can go with your service dog:

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