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Service Dog


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Emotional Support Dog

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Therapy Dog

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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), spech problems, social anxiety, epilepsy, blindness, deafness Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, social phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Any/all conditions apply
Acceptable Breeds Any Any Any
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
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