Service Dog Laws & Information Arkansas

General Laws

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Arkansas law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically handicapped person or trainer to all public accommodations and on all common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.

Dog Trainer Rights

Trainers have the same rights as the disabled.

Service Dog Access

Public streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places; all common carriers and other public conveyances or modes of transportation, whether by air, land, or water; all hotels, motels, lodging places, housing accommodations; other places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort; all other places to which the general public is invited.


Any person, firm, or corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation, who denies or interferes with the admittance to or enjoyment of public facilities and housing accommodations by a [disabled] person or otherwise interferes with the rights of a visually handicapped, hearing impaired, or other physically handicapped person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Housing Information

Visually handicapped, hearing impaired, and other physically handicapped persons shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to all housing accommodations offered for rental, lease, or compensation in this state, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to other persons.

Where to Find a PTSD Service Dog in Arkansas

A Veteran’s Best Friend

A Veteran’s Best Friend is a Christian ministry serving Arkansas Veterans with PTSD by utilizing one of God’s creatures, a canine, for healing. Veterans: The application process starts with an info night on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm. The location is at Fellowship Baptist Church in Cabot. 14717 Hwy 5 Cabot, AR 72023. All Veterans are required to make a commitment for 15-18 months of training. A service dog is worth the investment of time. Note: All Veterans do not pay a penny for a service dog, but there is fundraising involved. A Veteran’s Best FriendOpens in a new tab.

Pets 4 Vets

Pets 4 Vets goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing each one with a shelter dog that is specifically selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs, and teach them to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors. Pets 4 VetsOpens in a new tab.

Where to Find a Service Dog in Arkansas

Arkansas Service Dogs

Arkansas Service Dogs was founded by Magan Dougherty in 2016 and has the goal of helping people have a more independent future. They train only specially picked and tested dogs to a wide range of disabilities. They believe every dog they train must love their job and their person. Arkansas Service Dogs helps owners train their own service dogs or will do all the training themselves. We also help our community by providing normal obedience dog training to all owners. Arkansas Service DogsOpens in a new tab.

Sam Amy Nelson

Sam Amy Nelson (she/her) is an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health.

One thought on “Service Dog Laws & Information Arkansas

  1. I would like to talk to someone about people who file fraudulent charges against individuals who do not have a registered service animal in the state of Arkansas, and are using it for a free or reduced ride on any TNC service as a means to scam the system.

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