Service Dogs and the Law
Have you ever been out shopping or walking through an airport and spotted a service dog?
Are you thinking about getting a service dog but you’re scared if you take him into public places someone will kick you out?
Have you ever seen a dog in public and wondered if it’s a “real” service dog?
As a service dog trainer, I answer all of these questions and more almost every day! There is a lot of confusion about the public access laws pertaining to service dogs, so hopefully this will help clear some things up!
Where's the Service Dog Store?
Service dogs can be lifesaving companions; the bond between a service dog and handler is awe-inspiring! But that bond doesn’t come without a lot of hard work and dedication, so be sure to plan ahead before you get a service dog!
There are two main avenues to get a service dog:
1. Professional Service Dog training organizations;
2. Owner-training your own puppy or adult dog from a breeder, shelter, or rescue group.
Each of these avenues have their pros and cons, so let’s take a look at them!
Elizabeth Morgan, trainer and owner of Alabama Dog Academy, and proud trainer of Harper, the Canine Advocate at the Limestone Child Advocacy Center.