Service Dog FAQs
- How do I register my Service Dog?
- What is the difference between an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and a Service Dog?
- Can I take my service dog on an airplane?
- Is there a size limit for service dogs?
- What are businesses allowed to ask when I have my service dog with me?
- What recourse do I have if a business does NOT follow the law and allow me the same access with my service dog?
- Can a business ever ask me to leave when I’m with my service dog?
- Is my service dog a Tax Write Off?
- Is my dog required to wear any identifying clothes or a harness?
- What if I want to register my dog as an emotional support animal?
How do I register my Service Dog?
Very simple. You simply fill out the short form here on our homepage with some of your information and some of your dog’s information and your dog will immediately be registered. You will then be taken to the next page where you can order your ID cards which will be sent to you via USPS and you will receive a tracking number sent to your email.
What is the difference between an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and a Service Dog?
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, or calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack. Service animals are working animals. They are not pets. Further, the task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.
A dog whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. If you have an emotional support animal, please visit our website at esaregistration.org. To qualify for an emotional support animal a person must have a mental health professional determine that the presence of a dog provides therapeutic value to its owner.
Can I take my service dog on an airplane?
Yes. Many of the airlines will ask that you notify them in advance of travel that a service dog will be accompanying you. We recommend informing the airline at booking that you will have a service dog with you and let them know that your dog will be clearly marked.
Is there a size limit for service dogs?
No. The ADA prohibits any discrimination so the size of your dog means nothing. Airlines are required to allow the dog to accompany you to your seat regardless of the size of your service dog.
What are businesses allowed to ask when I have my service dog with me?
Business are limited when it comes to the questions they can ask service dog owners.
A business is ONLY allowed to ask the following two questions:
- Is your dog a service dog?
- What duties does he/she perform?
They may NOT ask what your disability is or anything else.
What recourse do I have if a business does NOT follow the law and allow me the same access with my service dog?
Businesses that do not follow the ADA laws are setting themselves up to a potential lawsuit. We recommend first writing a letter to the manager/owner of the establishment letting them know about your situation and try to resolve the matter in a quick and direct manner. In the worst case scenario, you can always find a lawyer that specializes in ADA cases.
Can a business ever ask me to leave when I’m with my service dog?
The only time you may be asked to leave an establishment is if your dog is causing a disturbance. This may be caused by your dog barking, growling, being unruly, urinating or defecating in a business. Other than those reasons, the business may not ask you to just leave if your dog is not being a nuisance.
Is my service dog a Tax Write Off?
Yes. The IRS allows deductions for expenses of caring for a service dog. This includes all of your expenses from vet bills, to food, to equipment and training.
Is my dog required to wear any identifying clothes or a harness?
No. The ADA does not require service dogs to wear any type of clothing or harnesses. However, we strongly encourage this to save potential headaches in public.
What if I want to register my dog as an emotional support animal?
If you would like to register your dog as an emotional support animal, please visit our sister site: www.esaregistration.org.