Service Dogs: What They Are, What They Do, And What They Are Expected To Do, And Why They'Re So Important To People With Disabilities

Service dogs are well trained animals that provide a variety of services. Each service dog is trained to provide a service to someone with a disability. The rules that allow these special circumstances to happen are the ADL service dog regulations.

a boxer wearing an orange service dog vest

These are the rules that govern what a service animal is, what it does, and what is expected. A service animal consists of a dog trained specifically to do a task for someone with disability. Only dogs are allowed to be service animals. The exception is some miniature horses. The task that they are performing has to be related to their disability. They are workers and not pets under the rules of the American Association of Service Dog Regulations. By classifying them as pets, you can have permission to not treat them like normal pets. Emotional Support animals might be a service dog, but they are not service dogs. Service dogs don't fit the definition above. They can be allowed in businesses, government buildings and non-profit organizations. This is to allow the service animal to assist their handler and access to all of these places. This prevents someone without a disability from being subjected to discrimination because of their service animal. Harnesses and identification can make the service dog getting around places easier. The service dog can be removed from premises if the dog is not complying with these rules. The requirements for service dogs mainly exist to ensure that these rules are not exploited. . . .

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