- Service Animals
- What can service animals do?
- Where can a service animal go?
- Service Dogs for Children
- Basic Service Dogs
- Hearing Dogs
- Seizure Alert Dogs
- Guide Dogs
- Dogs for Psychiatric Disabilities
- Walker or Balance Dogs
- Social Dogs
- Autism Assistance Dogs
- Miniature Horses
- Emotional Support Animal
- Therapy Animals
- Helper Monkeys
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
- If you are in a place where the local or state laws differ from the federal laws, the least restrictive law applies.
- Allergies or fear of dogs are not acceptable reasons to deny a service dog’s entry. If it is possible, schedules should be arranged so the dog and the allergic or afraid person do not have to share the room at the same time. Otherwise, try to situate the dog in another part of the room.
- A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
- Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.
- People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals. Additionally, if a business requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.
- If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.
- Staff is not required to provide care or food for a service animal.
- See ADA Requirements for Service Animals.
- Wandering: Autism assistance dogs are trained in search and rescue, so they’re great at finding a child who has wandered off or run away, as children with autism often do.
- Repetitive behaviors: An autism assistance dog can be trained to help a child recognize and address repetitive behaviors. For example, it might place its nose on the child’s foot if the child begins a repetitive behavior, reminding the child gently, patiently, and without judgment.
- Sleeping: Many children who have struggled to sleep through the night suddenly sleep soundly with their service dog nearby.
- Supervision and Security: Children can be tethered to their dog when out shopping or at the park, allowing parents peace of mind, and calming the child.
- Emotional bonding: The bond that often develops between a child with autism and her service dog can be surprising and deep. Children with autism service dogs often share affectionate relationships with their dogs, relationships they have been unable to develop with other people. Sometimes the child is even able to learn behaviors from working with their dog that are transferrable to their human relationships—hugging and kissing are a couple of examples.
United States Service Dog Registry
The US Service Dog Registry represents the most democratic realization of an assistance animal registry and training and behavior standards agreement to date.
ADA Requirements for Service Animals
The revised ADA Requirements for Service Animals, as of March 2011.