Emotional Support Dog
|Explanation||Service dogs assist those with impaired mobility, vision, or other disability and are usually trained to assist in specific task(s).||Emotional support dogs aid others who may suffer from general anxiety problems or during stressful events like airplane flights.||Therapy dogs usually serve patients in a hospital, nursing home, or palliative care settings by providing companionship and affection.|
|Covered Conditions (Partial List)||Mobility problems, paralysis, diabetes, asthma, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), speech problems, social anxiety, epilepsy, blindness, deafness||Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, social phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Any/all conditions apply|
|Allowed in airplane cabin for free?|
|Allowed into businesses and public establishments?||Depends on establishment|
|Allowed into housing units that forbid pets?|
|Protected by federal laws:||Americans with Disabilities Act, Air Carrier Access Act, Fair Housing Act||Air Carrier Access Act, Fair Housing Act|
|Start Registration||Start Registration||Start Registration|
The ADA guidelines state that people with disabilities, including anxiety and stress disorders, are within their rights to bring service animals into public establishments that otherwise do not allow pets, without charging extra fees.
With proper registration and documentation, people with disabilities may bring their dogs with them in the cabin of airplanes at no extra charge, and in restaurants and other public places. Business owners and employees are restricted by law from asking about the details of your disability if you have a service animal. They are only allowed to ask to see registration and/or medical documentation.
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USA Service Dogs offers lifetime registration of your dog. We allow Service Dog registration, Emotional Support Dog registration, and Therapy Dog registration.
Additionally, you can purchase one of our registration kits, all of which complement your registration with instant printable ID cards, high quality physical ID card and holders, service dog leashes, service dog vests, and a certificate from USA Service Dogs documenting your proper registration of your service animal, which you can bring with you wherever you go for a hassle-free experience.
It's important to always be able to show proof of your service dog or emotional support dog registration. Your free registration at USAServiceDogs.org will be valid for the lifetime of your dog.
In the event that you encounter a situation where you need proof of your registration, you can be rest assured that your registration information will always be available for free lookup.
Look up details about a USA Service Dog Registry ID on our ID lookup page at usaservicedogs.org/lookup.
For many people, their dogs are more than just their best friends. They can help the visually impaired to leave their homes and navigate their neighborhood safely. They can help fetch medication for someone who is physically impaired, and can even alert a diabetic to dangerously high or low blood sugar.
What many people don't realize is that any dog - of any breed - can be recognized as a service dog, as long as it is trained to perform a task that helps you in your everyday life. Dogs, cats, or other pets that you require to help alleviate your anxiety in stressful situations, depression, PTSD or other emotional issue are known as emotional support animals.
Registering your dog as a service dog or emotional support animal is an easy process that many rely on to eliminate hassle when bringing their service dogs or emotional support dogs with them in public, on airplanes, hotels, trains, in hospitals, and many other locations. Though not required by the ADA, many establishments ask to see registration documentation in accordance with their own policies, in order to separate those who merely want to bring their pet with them from those whose every day life is impacted by their service dog or emotional support dog. USA Service Dogs is here to help 24/7/365 with your service dog registration or emotional support dog registration or any questions you may have.