Quick Answer: Are Emotional Support Dogs Considered Service Dogs?

Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA.

Psychiatric Service Dog is a dog that has been trained to perform tasks that assist individuals with disabilities to detect the onset of psychiatric episodes and lessen their effects.

Can I take my emotional support dog anywhere?

Americans With Disabilities cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with disability or impairment, unlike service animals. Hence, the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places ie. restaurants, stores, hotels.

Can you ask for proof of a service dog?

ADA also specifically prohibits cities, merchants and others from requiring proof that a dog is a service dog. It allows, in fact, only two questions. They may not be required to provide documentation of the dog’s training. Nor may they be asked to demonstrate the work the dog is trained to do.

Can you ask a person if their dog is a service dog?

Business owners and staff are only allowed to ask two questions regarding service dogs. They may ask if the dog is a service animal that is required due to a disability and what type of work or task the dog has been trained to do. The ADA prohibits them from asking about a person’s disability.