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Allie asked in PetsDogs · 4 years ago

Can an emotional support dog have public access?

If a person trains their dog properly, but does not have a disability for which the dog performs a task, rather the dog is an emotional support animal for something like panic attacks or what have you, can that person legally bring their animal into public places, and should the animal be wearing a vest that says "service dog," or is there another type of identification for emotional support animals that they should have instead?

Before you get all up in arms, I am NOT planning on passing my dog off as a service dog, I m just curious if emotional support animals are generally accepted into public places.

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  • J C
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
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    No they are only allowed in places that allow pets - some dog friendly malls, pet stores, and the like. Only service dogs get public access and an ESA is NOT a service dog, even if you put a vest on it. Other than being allowed in some housing that is not normally pet-friendly, and to fly in cabin on an airplane, they get no special treatment under ADA laws.

    • Allie4 years agoReport

      Thank you.

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  • Laura
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Yes, and no. IT depends on what you consider public.

    In the mall, no. In the park, yes.

    Emotional support animals are basically pets. They do not help their owner with physical tasks, so they do not need to go with their owner everywhere. They are for their owner's emotion well being. This means that if you know that you have panic attacks in large crowds, don't go shopping during busy hours. This doe snot mean that you should take your dog with you to the mall on a busy friday night. Not only will your dog most likely not be able to handle it, but you could get into trouble. You should also not have the dog wear a vet if it says service dog, because it is not a service dog.

    • Allie4 years agoReport

      Helpful, thank you.

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  • 4 years ago

    If it's wearing a vest that says "Service Dog" the owner is LYING because it ISN'T a Service Dog. A dog like this is just a PET. If you have a doctor's note that says you NEED a dog with you then yes - many stores will allow you to bring your dog with you.

    But ask yourself this - do you REALLY need your dog with you or do you just want to be like all the other scumbags abusing the Americans With Disabilities Act? Up to now you've been just fine without your dog so why do you suddenly "need" to take it into stores?

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  • 4 years ago

    yes certain types of emotional support for panic attacks, PTSD and other similar emotional or mental disorders can be qualified to require a support dog and yes that dog would be aloud in public places however you cannot just train your dog call it a service dog and give it a vest. Service dogs must be licensed no matter what service they provide. I am not sure of the exact course youd have to take to get your dog licenced but if you are ever questioned by an owner or employee of any store, restaurant etc you are legally obligated to show your license papers for the dog other wise they can you to remove the dog regardless of the reason for having the dog or urgency of services provided

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  • 4 years ago

    No. Esa are just pets, not service dogs. They do not have public access rights

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  • Pamela
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    In the US, most stores and resturants have posted signs stating no dogs permitted unless they are Guide Dogs or Service Dogs with proper paperwork.

    You can still take your dog into pet stores, and hard ware stores on leashes.

    But all other places are off limits to them.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Not sure which country you're in.

    But in the UK there's a central register and standard high-vis jacket/harness for all service animals, which includes guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs and in some cases emotional support animals.

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    • Lv 7
      4 years agoReport

      OK. I'm not sure if there are similar national or regional schemes in the US, are there any support groups or charities in your area that may be able to advise? From what I understand of the ADA, Title III would apply to ALL service dogs, but exactly how you prove the dogs status is a bit unclear.

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  • 4 years ago

    Nope

    An ESA is only a pet. They have to follow the same rules pets do. They can't be on public transport, they can't be in stores or restaurants and can't be in pet free rentals or hotels.

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