Benefits of Service Dogs
Did you know that the ADA law allows you to have a service dog, an emotional support dog, or a therapy dog? All these fit under the ADA law. There are no restrictions on what dog of preference to get or have. According to the ADA law, any person who is disabled is qualified to have a service animal. Most service animals are dogs trained to perform tasks such as answering the door, alerting the person, assisting someone, and alerting someone if their person is in danger or hurt. If you happen to see a service dog without its owner, there’s trouble.
Any dog can be qualified to be a service dog if they have the training and can benefit the owner to a better lifestyle. The ADA explicitly requires the person to have a disability, and disabilities can vary from physical to mental disabilities. These may include AIDS, alcoholism, asthma, autism, deaf, blind, cancer, cerebral palsy, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, speech impediment, and so on.
Blind people have service animals, typically called guide dogs; people who use wheelchairs’ dogs are called mobility assistance dogs; deaf people with service dogs call their own hearing dogs. There are also psychiatric service dogs for those with psychiatric diagnoses, including service alert dogs for those who may have epilepsy or experience seizures often. Overall, service animals can benefit you if you have a disability or a barrier within your life.
Did you know that according to the FHAA Fair Housing Amendment, landlords must provide accommodation for assistance animals, including service and emotional support animals? For instance, if a person rents a home that states a no-pet policy, this law allows the person with a disability to have a service dog and live with them. Also, landlords cannot request a pet deposit or charge a fee for having an animal. They may request proof from your doctor or therapist. The training level is the difference between emotional support animals, service animals, and therapy animals. Therapy animals most likely do not need training or certification. They are also considered emotional support animals to provide support.
Under the ADA law, you can also bring the service dog to the workplace and public places like stores, government buildings, doctor appointments, etc. It only applies if the dog is trained and has documentation to prove they are a service dog. Most places are not allowed to request documentation, but this ensures that you follow the ADA law and protect yourself and the service animal. There are several websites you can register your dog as a service dog, emotional support animal, or therapy dog. Those websites will offer a package that may include purchasing a harness, service id, and documentation from a therapist. You should purchase the service id by itself since you can get the documentation from a primary doctor. You could also order a harness, service dog, or service dog in training patches off Amazon. It is also recommended to check your local state laws on having a service dog by training them yourself or if they must undergo service dog training school. Many states accept people doing the work without professional assistance. If you consider going this route, there are countless online videos about the training process.
If you are interested in registering your dog as a service animal, click on the link below.
If you are interested in learning more about service dogs and the benefits of having one, click on the link below.
Benefits of having a service animal
Full of joy & fun
Someone to go everywhere with
Someone to go home with
Alerts you when someone is at the door
Can understand sign language
Gets unlimited attention from others