Service Dog FAQ

Where can I take my service dog?

Everywhere. Your service dog is considered medical equipment and can travel with you wherever you go. 

My dog offers emotional support for my anxiety. Can they be registered as a service dog?

To register your dog as a service dog, they must be task trained to assist you. For anxiety, this could be deep pressure therapy to assist with panic attacks. If your dog is not task-trained, they are not considered a service dog.

I have an emotional support dog. Is that the same as a service dog?

Emotional support dogs and service dogs are two separate entities. Emotional support dogs could be any dog that provides comfort to its owner. In contrast, service dogs are specifically task trained to assist their owner. A service dog is considered medical equipment, while emotional support dogs are not. Service dogs are allowed public access. However, emotional support dogs are not allowed inside establishments.

Can you ask someone to prove their dog is a service dog?

Businesses are legally only allowed to ask two questions: whether the owner requires a service dog (has a disability) and what tasks the dog is trained to perform. Businesses are NOT allowed to ask for proof of certification or ask what your disability is. 

Does a service dog have to wear a vest?

A service dog does not have to wear a vest. However, they do have to be easily identifiable at all times, whether through a vest, bandana, harness, collar, or leash that states that the dog is a service dog. 

Under what circumstances can a service dog be removed from an establishment?

A service dog may be asked to leave an establishment should they exhibit any aggressive, disruptive, or unwanted behaviors, particularly if the service dog causes damage or disruption to the business itself. 

What breeds are good service dogs for the physically disabled?

Large, even-tempered breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers make excellent service dogs for the physically disabled. However, any breed can theoretically be trained to perform the tasks needed. Temperament is key in selecting the right dog for the job.

How do I train my service dog?

Many service dog trainers often help train dogs to assist with disabilities, and you could also consider an online training program or even a local trainer.