Service Dogs: What They Are, What They Do, And What They Are Expected To Do, And Why They'Re Allowed To Be Service Animals

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 is directly related to disability. According to the American Association of Service Dog Regulations, they are workers and not pets. By classifying them as pets, they have rights that normal pets do not. Emotional Support animals might provide the service, but they are not service dogs. These animals don't fit the definition above. Service dogs are not 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. Dogs must be locked up, leashed, or tethered under the requirements of the ADA. Harnesses and identification can make a service dog getting around places easier by avoiding questions. The requirements for service dogs mainly exist to ensure that these rules are not exploited. . . .

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