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Service Dogs & Emotional Support Animals

General Definitions

Service Dog: A dog individually trained to help someone with a disability

Emotional Support Animal: An animal that may be a dog or another type of animal that helps someone with comfort or emotional support But is usually not individually trained for a specific disability

Therapy Dog: Someone’s pet that has excellent basic manners & Personality & enjoys visiting different Hoomans in different settings to generally reduce things like anxiety and promote things like joy

There are multiple service dog laws & governing entities for the U.S., including:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act – A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Title I – Employment, Titles II & III – Public Services/Accommodations, Title IV – Telecommunications, Title V – Misc.
  • Fair Housing ActService animals are known as “Assistance Animals” under this Act, and may be animals other than dogs. Applies to virtually all & any housing in the U.S.
  • Air Carrier Access Act Air travel with service dogs
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – The federal agency that was established via the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to administer and enforce civil rights laws against workplace discrimination
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – A national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on disability
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Visible and Invisible Disabilities

Service animals can help people with a wide variety of disabilities & conditions.

many disabilities are invisible, such as:

  • Mental Disabilities (Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia)
  • Cognitive Disabilities (Brain Trauma, Memory Loss, Neurological Disorders)
  • Neurodevelopmental & Sensory Disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Disorders)
  • Learning Disorders (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia)
  • Behavioral Disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder)

The fab Four – or any breed

some of the most popular service dog breeds are:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Standard Poodle
  • Collie

These are known as the “Fab Four” in the service dog world. however, service dogs can be any breed, even breeds that have been banned (such as Pitbulls) by a certain city or area