We’re a community of experienced and friendly service dog users, and we’re happy to have you here. All of us are volunteers, and many of us have had a paw in changing the world for disability rights. We share what we’ve learned because we genuinely want to help you avoid mistakes and have service dog successes!
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- In the US, a service animal is a dog that helps a disabled individual through trained work or tasks; service dog teams can go practically anywhere the public can, without restrictions based on whether the person looks disabled or what their disability is
- An emotional support animal is not necessarily trained, but helps their disabled person by being there; ESAs can live with their disabled person in no-pet housing
- Therapy animals are pets that go places to bring joy or comfort to multiple people; they are not disability accommodations and need permission to be in no-pets places
- A service dog is a disability accommodation, like a wheelchair—businesses generally can’t charge extra, refuse entry, or require documentation/ID, but service dogs must behave at least as well as a child
- Some service dogs are trained by programs, but in the US and many places around the world, disabled people have the right to train their own service dogs
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