What is a Therapy Dog ?
A Therapy dog is not considered a Service dog or an Emotional Support Animal.
Therapy Dogs and their Handlers are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therapy Dogs provide affection and help relieve stress to those people in hospitals, classrooms, retirement homes, and help people with learning disabilities. They are invited to come into these locations and as such the establishment has a right to limit their access in ways they see fit.
Again, Therapy dogs are not Service Animals. A Service Animal has been taught a particular set of skills that will help assist the handler with the disability in their everyday life and therefore must accompany their handler wherever they go. The ADA does not cover Therapy Dogs since they are not providing direct assistance to a disabled individual.
Furthermore, Therapy Dogs are not covered by the The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 or The Air Carrier Access Act which grant access to Emotional Support Animals.
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