service animal in training laws by state

Service Animal In Training Laws – U.S. State Guide [2022]

Federal Service Animal Laws

Service animal in training laws can be somewhat confusing. There are both state and multiple federal laws that govern the use of these amazing animals.

The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, governs the use of service dogs and service animals federally, when mainly public access rights are concerned.

You can also check out our full federal ADA laws summary and FAQ page or ADA workplace accommodations article.

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There are additional, separate laws for when service dogs are in housing and air travel situations.

This article will go through each U.S. state and summarize that particular state’s service animal in training laws.

Do Service Dogs in Training Have Public Access?

While the federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) does not cover service animals in training, most states cover them to some degree. Of course, this can be confusing. Hopefully this article will help ease some of the confusion.

Service animals-in-training are not considered service animals under the ADA. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some State or local laws cover animals that are still in training.

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Service Animal In Training Laws By State

Quick Snapshot of U.S. Service Animal In Training Laws

At this time, only four states do not cover service animals in-training under their public accommodation laws:

People training service dogs in these states are not guaranteed public access. For the remainder of the states, there are some kind of service dog in training laws in place. But the details vary, so check with individual states for the complete picture.

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Alabama Service Animal In Training Laws

Alabama service animal in training laws

Service dogs and service animals in training in the state of Alabama are covered by Alabama state law, and have the exact same rights as other fully trained service dogs

(c)(1) The trainer of a service animal, while engaged in the training of the animal, has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to areas of public accommodation and the same liability for damage as is provided for an individual with a disability who is accompanied by a service animal.

(2)a. A dog that is a service animal in training shall wear a harness, collar, leash, cape, or backpack that identifies in writing that the dog is a service animal in training.

b. Other service animals in training shall be identifiable by written identification as a service animal in training.

c. The written identification for a service animal in training shall be visible and legible from a distance of at least 20 feet.

Alabama Code
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Alaska Service Animal In Training Laws

Alaska service animal in training laws

Service animals in training in the state of Alaska are covered under Alaska state law, and are allowed anywhere that fully trained service dogs are allowed to go

(a) A person commits the offense of interference with the training of a service animal if the person intentionally prevents or restricts a person who is authorized to train a service animal from being accompanied by an animal that is identified as being in training to be a service animal, or assesses an extra charge because of the animal, in a public facility, except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section.

(b) A trainer who is accompanied by an animal in training to be a service animal in a public facility is liable for property damage done by the animal.

Alaska Code
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Arizona Service Animal In Training Laws

Arizona service animal in training laws
  • Service animals in training are covered under Arizona state law, and give the same rights to service dogs and service animals in training as fully trained service animals.

G. Any trainer or individual with a disability may take an animal being trained as a service animal to a public place for purposes of training it to the same extent as provided in subsections A, B and D of this section.

Arizona Code
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Arkansas Service Animal In Training Laws

Arkansas service animal in training laws

Service animals in training are covered under Arkansas state laws, and give service animals and service dogs in training the same rights as fully trained service dogs

(a) An individual with visual, hearing, or other physical disabilities and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer in the act of training a guide, signal, or service dog shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to the following because of the dog:

Arkansas Code
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California Service Animal In Training Laws

California service animal in training laws
  • Service animals in training in California are covered under the Disabled Persons Act. This allows people with disabilities, as well as service animal trainers in California to bring the dog into any place where the public can go, in order to provide training and/or disability-related services.
  • This includes businesses, public and private transportation, housing accommodations, and other places where the general public is invited
  • Service dogs in training must be on a leash and must wear a county-issued tag that identifies the animal as a service animal or assistance animal in training
  • The dog’s trainer will be held liable for any damages the service animal in training may do to the facilities or premises

(b) Individuals who are blind or otherwise visually impaired and persons licensed to train guide dogs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired pursuant to Chapter 9.5 … …

… and individuals with a disability and persons who are authorized to train service dogs for the individuals with a disability may take dogs, for the purpose of training them as guide dogs, signal dogs, or service dogs in any of the places specified in Section 54.1 without being required to pay an extra charge or security deposit for the guide dog, signal dog, or service dog.

California Code
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Colorado Service Animals In Training Laws

Colorado Service dogs in training laws

Colorado State Law includes service animals in training, and service animals in training are allowed the same rights as fully trained service dogs or service animals

(2) A trainer of a service animal, or an individual with a disability accompanied by an animal that is being trained to be a service animal, has the right to be accompanied by the service animal in training without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal in training in or on the following places or during the following activities:

(a) Any place of employment, housing, or public accommodation;

(b) Any programs, services, or activities conducted by a public entity;

(c) Any public transportation service; or

(d) Any other place open to the public.

Colorado Code
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Connecticut Service Animal In Training Laws

Connecticut service animal in training laws

Connecticut State Laws cover the use of service animals in training, and service animals in training have the same rights as fully trained service animals or service dogs

(a) It shall be a discriminatory practice in violation of this section: 

…Any blind, deaf or mobility impaired person or any person training a dog as a guide dog for a blind person or a dog to assist a deaf or mobility impaired person may keep his guide dog or assistance dog with him at all times in such place of public accommodation, resort or amusement at no extra charge, provided the dog wears a harness or an orange-colored leash and collar and is in the direct custody of such person. 

Connecticut Code
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Delaware State Service Animal In Training Laws

Delaware service animal in training laws

(3) A place of public accommodation must permit service animals as follows:

a. An individual with a disability accompanied by a service animal in any place of public accommodation.

b. An individual training a service animal to be used by persons with disabilities accompanied by a service animal in any place of public accommodation.

Delaware Code

Yes, service animals in training have rights in Delaware State.

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Florida Service Animal In Training Laws

Florida service animal in training laws
  • Florida State Law includes coverage for service animals in training who are out in the public being trained. Service animals in training have the same rights as fully trained service dogs or service animals in the state of Florida.

(8) Any trainer of a service animal, while engaged in the training of such an animal, has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities and the same liability for damage as is provided for those persons described in subsection (3) accompanied by service animals.

Florida Code
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Georgia Service Animal In Training Laws

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  • Georgia State Law includes coverage for service animals in training. Service dogs and service animals in training have the same rights as fully trained animals in Georgia.
  •  The service animal trainer must be identified as being an agent or employee of a school for service dogs: seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, service dogs, or guide dogs

(2) Every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being trained as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as such trainer is identified as an agent or employee of a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.

Georgia Code
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Hawaii Service Animal In Training Laws

Hawaii Service animal in training laws

No SDIT (service dog in training) laws could be found at this time. This means the federal ADA service animal laws apply. In other words, service animals must be fully trained before they can enjoy public access rights.

Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some State or local laws cover animals that are still in training.

ADA
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Idaho Service Animal In Training Laws

Idaho service animals in training laws

(1) Every individual with a disability who is specifically training or socializing a dog for the purpose of being a service dog shall have the right to be accompanied by the dog in any of the places described in section 56-703, Idaho Code, without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog if the accompaniment is part of the dog’s training or socialization to become a service dog.

(2) Every individual who is not an individual with a disability but who is specifically training or socializing a dog for the purpose of being a service dog shall have the privilege to be accompanied by the dog in any of the places described in section 56-703, Idaho Code, without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog if the accompaniment is part of the dog’s training or socialization to become a service dog.

The individual accompanying the dog-in-training shall carry and upon request display an identification card issued by a recognized school for service dogs or training dogs or an organization that serves individuals with disabilities.

The dog-in-training shall be visually identified as a dog-in-training as provided in section 56-701A, Idaho Code. The school or organization as identified on the identification card shall be fully liable for any damages done to the premises or facilities by the dog, and no liability to other persons shall be attached to the owner, lessor, or manager of the property arising out of activities permitted by this chapter

Idaho Code
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Illinois Service Animal In Training Laws

Illinois service animal in training laws

Every totally or partially blind or hearing impaired person, person who is subject to epilepsy or other seizure disorders, or person who has any other physical disability or a trainer of support dogs, guide dogs, seizure-alert dogs, seizure-response dogs, or hearing dogs shall have the right to be accompanied by a support dog or guide dog especially trained for the purpose, or a dog that is being trained to be a support dog, guide dog, seizure-alert dog, seizure-response dog, or hearing dog, in any of the places listed in this Section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide, support, seizure-alert, seizure-response, or hearing dog; provided that he shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

Illinois Code
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Indiana Service Animal In Training Laws

Indiana service animal in training laws

(d) A service animal trainer, while engaged in the training process of a service animal, is entitled to access to any public accommodation granted by this section.

Indiana Code
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Iowa Service Animal In Training Laws

Iowa service animal in training laws

Iowa State Law covers service dogs and service animals in training. Service animals in training have the same rights as fully trained service dogs.

1. A person with a disability, a person assisting a person with a disability by controlling a service animal or a service-animal-in-training, or a person training a service animal has the right to be accompanied by a service animal or service-animal-in-training, under control, in any of the places listed in sections 216C.3 and 216C.4 without being required to make additional payment for the service animal or service-animal-in-training. The person is liable for damage done to any premises or facility by a service animal or a service-animal-in-training.

Iowa Code
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Kansas Service Animal In Training Laws

Kansas service animal in training laws

Any professional trainer, from a recognized training center, of an assistance dog, while engaged in the training of such dog, shall have the right to be accompanied by such dog in or upon any of the places listed in K.S.A. 39- 1101, and amendments thereto, without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. Such trainer shall be liable for any damage done to the premises of facilities by such dog.

Kansas Code
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Kentucky Service Animal In Training Laws

Kentucky service animal in training laws

“Person” also includes a trainer of an assistance dog (for purposes of equal accommodation law).

Kentucky Code
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Louisiana Service Animal In Training Laws

Louisiana service animal in training laws

(1) “Service dog” means a dog who has been trained or is being trained to do work or perform a task for a person with a disability.

During the training of a service dog, any trainer or puppy raiser of such dog shall have the same rights and privileges as a person with a disability to be accompanied by a service dog in any place or facility provided in this Chapter without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. However, during the training of a service dog, he shall be liable for any damages done to any person, premises, or facility by the service dog.

Louisiana State Code
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Maine Service Animal In Training Laws

Maine service animal in training laws

A specially trained service dog trainer, while engaged in the actual training process and activities of service dogs, has the same rights, privileges and responsibilities described in this section with respect to access to and use of public facilities as are applicable to persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise physically or mentally disabled.

Maine Code
Maine State service animal in training laws
Service Dog in Training Bishop

Maryland Service Animal In Training Laws

Maryland service animal in training laws

(b)(1) Individuals with disabilities, the parents of a minor child with a disability, and service animal trainers who are accompanied by an animal being trained or raised as a service animal are entitled to full and equal rights and privileges with respect to common carriers and other public conveyances or modes of transportation, places of public accommodations, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to any conditions and limitations of general application established by law.

Maryland Code
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Massachusetts Service Animal In Training Laws

Massachusetts service animal in training laws

A person accompanied by and engaged in the raising or training of a service dog, including a hearing, guide or assistance dog, shall have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as those afforded to an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 12101 et seq.

A person engaged in the hearing dog business, while actually engaged in the training process and activities of hearing dogs, shall have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities with respect to access to public facilities as those applicable to deaf persons.

Massachusetts Code
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Michigan Service Animal In Training Laws

Michigan service animal in training laws
  • Service animals in training do not have the same rights as fully trained service dogs or service animals in the state of Michigan. “Service animals must already be trained before they are required to be admitted into public places that do not allow pets or other animals.”
  • “Entities may voluntarily choose to allow service animals in-training as long as doing so would not violate additional state or federal laws.”
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Minnesota Service Animal In Training Laws

Minnesota service animal in training laws
  • Minnesota statute 256C.02 states that, in Minnesota, service animals in training have the same rights as service animals and are allowed in places of public accommodation. This is a Minnesota state law, it is not in the ADA.”

Every person . . . training a dog to be a service dog shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog in any of the places listed in section 363A.19. The person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

Minnesota state service dog in training laws
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Mississippi Service Animals In Training Laws

Mississippi service animal in training laws

 (2) Support animal trainers shall have the same rights of accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges with support animals-in-training as those provided to blind persons, mobility impaired persons, hearing impaired persons or veterans diagnosed with PTSD with support animals under this section. 

(3) No person shall deprive a blind person, mobility impaired person, hearing impaired person, veteran diagnosed with PTSD or a support animal trainer of any of the advantages, facilities or privileges provided in this section, nor charge such blind person, mobility impaired person, hearing impaired person, veteran diagnosed with PTSD or support animal trainer a fee or charge for the use of the animal.

Mississippi Code
Mississippi State service dog in training laws
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Missouri Service Animal In Training Laws

Missouri service animal in training laws

Not to exceed the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, any trainer, from a recognized training center, of a guide dog, hearing assistance dog or service dog, or any member of a service dog team, as defined in section 209.200, shall have the right to be accompanied by such dog in or upon any of the premises listed in section 209.150 while engaged in the training of the dog without being required to pay an extra charge for such dog. Such trainer or service dog team member shall be liable for any damage done to the premise of facilities by such dog.

Missouri Code
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Montana Service Animal In Training Laws

Montana service animal in training laws

(1) A person with a disability has the right to be accompanied by a service animal or a service animal in training with identification complying with subsection (4) in any of the places mentioned in 49-4-211(2) without being charged extra for the service animal. The person with a disability is liable for any damage done to the property by the animal.

Montana Code
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Nebraska Service Animal In Training Laws

Nebraska service animal in training laws

(3) A person with a disability has the right to be accompanied by a service animal, especially trained for the purpose, and a bona fide trainer of a service animal has the right to be accompanied by such animal in training in any of the places listed in subsection (2) of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal. Such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities or to any person by such animal.

Nebraska Code
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Nevada Service Animal In Training Laws

Nevada service animal in training laws

1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5 and NRS 644.472, it is unlawful for a place of public accommodation to:

(a) Refuse admittance or service to a person with a disability because the person is accompanied by a service animal.

(b) Refuse admittance or service to a person who is training a service animal because the person is accompanied by a service animal in training.

(c) Refuse to permit an employee of the place of public accommodation who is training a service animal to bring the service animal in training into:

Nevada Code
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New Hampshire Service Animal In Training Laws

New Hampshire service animal in training laws

A service animal trainer, while engaged in the actual training process and activities of such animals, shall have the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities, and the same responsibilities as are applicable to persons with disabilities using a service animal.

New Hampshire Code
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New Jersey Service Animal In Training Laws

New Jersey service animal in training laws

A service or guide dog trainer, while engaged in the actual training process and activities of service dogs or guide dogs, shall have the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities, and the same responsibilities as are applicable to a person with a disability.

New Jersey Code
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New Mexico Service Animal In Training Laws

New Mexico service animal in training laws
  • Service animals in training have the same rights in New Mexico as fully trained service dogs or service animals. “Unlike the ADA and ADAAA, New Mexico’s Service Animal Act also prohibits a person from misrepresenting an animal as a service animal and provides penalties, including a fine and/or jail time. Additionally, in New Mexico, service animals in training are allowed the same access as a fully trained service animal. The law became effective June 14, 2013.” – State of New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability

A person with a disability who is using a qualified service animal shall be admitted to any building open to the public and to all other public accommodations and shall be allowed access to all common carriers; provided that the qualified service animal is under the control of an owner, a trainer or a handler of the qualified service animal. 

“Qualified service animal” means any qualified service dog or qualified service miniature horse that has been or is being trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability . . .

New Mexico Code
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New York Service Animals In Training Laws

New York service animal in training laws
  • Service animals in training are covered under New York State Law.
  • “The State CRL provides the same right of access to the trainer of a guide, hearing, or service dog as it provides to a person with a disability using such a dog. Discrimination against a person without a disability who is training a service animal of any species for a person with a disability might be prohibited under provisions covering relationship or association with a person in a protected class. “Professional” guide, hearing, and service dog trainers are protected from discrimination while training such a dog, whether or not the person for whom the dog is being trained is present.” – New York City Bar

3. A person engaged in training a dog to guide or otherwise aid persons with a disability, while engaged in such training activities, and a person with a disability for whom the dog is being trained, shall have the same rights and privileges set forth for persons with a disability in this article.

New York Code
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North Carolina Service Animal In Training Laws

North Carolina service animal in training laws

Service animals in training are covered under North Carolina state law, and have the same rights as fully trained service dogs

(b) An animal in training to become a service animal may be taken into any of the places listed in G.S. 168-3 for the purpose of training when the animal is accompanied by a person who is training the service animal and the animal wears a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies the animal as a service animal in training. The trainer shall be liable for any damage caused by the animal while using a public conveyance or on the premises of a public facility or other place listed in G.S. 168-3.

North Carolina Code
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Service Dog in Training Bishop

North Dakota Service Animal In Training Laws

North Dakota service animal in training laws

Service animals in training are covered in North Dakota as long as they are with a service dog trainer from a nationally recognized service animal training program

1. A trainer with a service animal in training may enter any place of public accommodation, common carrier, facility of a health care provider, and any place to which the public is generally invited, without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal in training, provided:

a. The trainer notifies an onsite manager that a service animal in training is being brought onto the premises;

b. The trainer wears a photo identification card issued by a nationally recognized service animal training program; and

c. The trainer is liable for any damage done to the premises or facility by the service animal in training.

2. Upon receiving notice as provided in subsection 1, the onsite manager may not deny admission to the trainer and the service animal in training without good cause.

North Dakota Code
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Ohio Service Animal In Training Laws

Ohio service animal in training laws

(B) No person shall deprive a blind, deaf or hearing impaired, or mobility impaired person or a trainer of an assistance dog who is accompanied by an assistance dog of any of the advantages, facilities, or privileges provided in division (A) of this section, nor charge the person or trainer a fee or charge for the dog.

Ohio Code
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Oklahoma Service Animal In Training Laws

Oklahoma service animal in training laws
  • Service dogs in training are covered in Oklahoma when they are with trainers from recognized training centers.
  • “Individuals using guide, signal or service dogs and trainers from recognized training centers with dogs in training may not be denied admittance to or refused access to public places.”
  • “These include, but are not limited to, streets, sidewalks, transportation vehicles, places of lodging, government buildings, college dorms, educational facilities, restaurants, stores, entertainment and recreation facilities or other places where the public is invited.”
  • “No added fee may be charged to a person for bringing his or her guide, signal or service dog into a public place, but the owner or trainer will be liable for any damages the animal does to the premises.” – Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services

B. A blind, physically handicapped, deaf or hard-of-hearing person and his or her guide, signal, or service dog or a dog trainer from a recognized training center in the act of training guide, signal, or service dogs shall not be denied admittance to or refused access to any of the following because of such dog:…

Oklahoma Code
Oklahoma service dog in training laws
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Oregon Service Animal In Training Laws

Oregon service animal in training laws
  • According to Portland’s official government website, service animals in training in Oregon, are also protected, just the same as fully trained service animals.
  • “Dogs, and in some cases miniature horses, are the only animals that can be recognized as service animals under the ADA. Under Oregon State Law, service-animals-in-training are also protected.” – Portland.Gov

(6)(a) Except as provided in this subsection, a place of public accommodation or of access to state government services, programs or activities may not deny a person with a disability or an assistance animal trainer the right to be accompanied by an assistance animal or assistance animal trainee in any area of the place that is open to the public or to business invitees. 

Oregon Code
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Pennsylvania Service Animal In Training Laws

Pennsylvania service animal in training laws

(a) Offense defined.–A person is guilty of a summary offense if he, being the proprietor, manager or employee of a theatre, hotel, restaurant or other place of public accommodation, entertainment or amusement, refuses, withholds or denies any person, who is using a service, guide or support dog or other aid animal to assist an individual with a disability or who is training a service, guide or support dog or other aid animal for an individual with a disability, the use of or access to any accommodation, advantage, facility or privilege of such theatre, hotel, restaurant or other place of public entertainment or amusement.

Pennsylvania Code
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Rhode Island Service Animal In Training Laws

Rhode Island service animal in training laws

Every trainer or puppy raiser of a service animal shall have the same rights and privileges as stated in § 40-9.1-2 for every person with a disability. Each trainer or puppy raiser during the training of a service animal is liable for any damage done to persons, premises, or facilities by that service animal. 

Rhode Island Code
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South Carolina Service Animal In Training Laws

South Carolina service animal in training laws

d) Every person who is a trainer of an assistance or guide dog, while engaged in the training of an assistance or guide dog, has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities and accommodations as blind and disabled persons, including the right to be accompanied by an assistance or guide dog or assistance or guide dog in training, in any of the places listed in item (b) of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the assistance dog. A person who uses premises or facilities accommodations accompanied by a dog under the authority of this item is liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by the dog.

South Carolina Code
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South Dakota Service Animal In Training Laws

South Dakota service animal in training laws

A service animal trainer may be accompanied by a service animal in training wearing a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies the animal as a service animal in training, in any of the places listed in § 20-13-23.1 subject to any conditions and limitations established by law and applicable to service animals, without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal in training.

South Dakota Code
South Dakota service dog in training laws
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Tennessee Service Animal In Training Laws

Tennessee service animals in training laws

(2)(A) No proprietor, employee or other person in charge of any place of public accommodation, amusement or recreation, including, but not limited to, any inn, hotel, restaurant, eating house, barber shop, billiard parlor, store, public conveyance on land or water, theater, motion picture house, public educational institution or elevator, shall refuse to permit a dog guide trainer to enter such place or to make use of the accommodations provided in those places, when the accommodations are available, for the reason that the dog guide trainer is being led or accompanied by a dog guide in training; provided, that the dog guide in training, when led or accompanied by a dog guide trainer, is wearing a harness and is held on a leash by the dog guide trainer or, when led or accompanied by a dog guide trainer, is held on a leash by the dog guide trainer; and provided, further, that the dog guide trainer shall first have presented for inspection credentials issued by an accredited school for training dog guides.

(ii) “Dog guide in training” also includes the socialization process that occurs with the dog’s trainer or raiser prior to the dog’s advanced training; provided, that the socialization process is under the authorization of an accredited school.

TN CODE
  • Tennessee State Law seems to indicate that trainers of Dog Guides are included and covered
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Texas Service Animal In Training Laws

Texas service animals in training laws
  • “Texas law requires public facilities and common transportation carriers to admit a person with a disability accompanied by a service dog for assistance and also to admit a trainer of service dogs accompanied by a dog for training purposes.” – Texas Disability Law

(i) A service animal in training shall not be denied admittance to any public facility when accompanied by an approved trainer.

Texas Code
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Utah Service Animal In Training Laws

Utah service animal in training laws
  • “The University recognizes the importance of Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). While Service Animals in training are not recognized under the ADAAA, Utah State Law (§62A-5b-104) provides those same rights of access for individuals who are training Service Animals.” – Utah State University

(2) An individual who is not an individual with a disability has the right to be accompanied by an animal that is in training to become a service animal or a police service canine, as defined in Section 53-16-102:

(a) in any of the places specified in Section 62A-5b-103; and

(b) without additional charge for the animal.

Utah Code
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Vermont Service Animal In Training Laws

Vermont service animal in training laws

(a) An owner or operator of a place of public accommodation or an agent or employee of such owner or operator shall not, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity of any person, refuse, withhold from, or deny to that person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of the place of public accommodation.

(b) An owner or operator of a place of public accommodation or his or her employee or agent shall not prohibit from entering a place of public accommodation:

(1) an individual with a disability accompanied by a service animal; or

(2) an individual who is training an animal to perform as a service animal for an individual with a disability

Vermont Code
Vermont service dog in training laws
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Virginia Service Animal In Training Laws

Virginia state service animal in training laws

The provisions of this section shall apply to persons accompanied by a dog that is in training, at least six months of age, and is

(i) in harness, provided such person is an experienced trainer of guide dogs or is conducting continuing training of a guide dog;

(ii) on a blaze orange leash, provided such person is an experienced trainer of hearing dogs or is conducting continuing training of a hearing dog;

(iii) in a harness, backpack, or vest identifying the dog as a trained service dog, provided such person is an experienced trainer of service dogs or is conducting continuing training of a service dog;

(iv) wearing a jacket identifying the recognized guide, hearing, or service dog organization, provided such person is an experienced trainer of the organization identified on the jacket; or

(v) the person is part of a three-unit service dog team and is conducting continuing training of a service dog.

Virginia Code
Virginia service dog in training laws
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Washington State Service Animal In Training Laws

Washington state service animal in training laws
Washington state service animal in training laws
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West Virginia Service Animal In Training Laws

West Virginia service animal in training laws

(d) The rights, privileges and responsibilities provided by this section also apply to any person who is certified as a trainer of a service animal while he or she is engaged in the training.

West Virginia Code
West Virginia service animal in training laws
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Wisconsin Service Animal In Training Laws

Wisconsin service animal in training laws

A public place of accommodation or amusement shall modify its policies, practices, and procedures to permit the full and equal enjoyment of the public place of accommodation or amusement by a person with a disability or a service animal trainer who is accompanied by a service animal.

Those policies, practices, and procedures shall ensure that a person with a disability or a service animal trainer who is accompanied by a service animal is not separated from the service animal, that the service animal is permitted to accompany the person with a disability or the service animal trainer to all areas of the public place of accommodation or amusement that are open to the general public, and that the person with a disability or the service animal trainer is not segregated from other patrons of the public place of accommodation or amusement.

Provisions only apply to service animal trainer if the animal accompanying the service animal trainer is wearing a harness or a leash and special cape.

Wisconsin Code
Wisconsin service animal in training laws
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Wyoming Service Animal In Training Laws

Wyoming service animal in training laws
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