Service Dogs

Service Dogs
dotcomkari, Jan 13, 2020
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Under the ADA, service animal is defined as any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The task(s) performed by the animal must be directly related to the person's disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button.
There is no legal certification or registry for a service dog in the USA (or for that most part of the world). Service animals are specially trained for many years to mitigate the disability of their handler! It takes more than a year to train most service animals. Not every dog or miniature horse can be a service animal. They are chosen for their temperaments and behavior. Public training is no joke, and a lot of dogs can't handle the stress of public access. Slapping a vest on your dog does NOT make your dog a service dog; and in fact in most places is considered a CRIME! Service animals are considered medical equipment and for most handlers are the last option. Yes, they can be "cute".. but nothing is "cute " about them.. They should be treated with respect like a wheelchair, crutches or a hearing aid.

Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Animals whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support are not service animals. These animals are not given public access rights by law, they are not allowed to go anywhere with you

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