A service dog is a dog specifically trained to perform tasks to help an individual with a disability. There are multiple types of service dogs including but not limited to mobility, seizure alert, diabetic alert, and cardiac alert. They are working dogs, not pets, and should be treated with respect as they have a very important job.
Where are service dogs allowed to go and what can businesses ask?
Service dogs are allowed to go anywhere that their handler(owner) goes. Things like allergies or a fear of dogs are not valid reasons to refuse a service dog. Businesses are legally allowed to ask two questions. First is if the dog is a service animal and second what tasks the service dog is trained to do. “Certifications” or “IDs” for service dogs are NOT real things.
Jonna Crocker is an Applied Economics and Management major at Cornell University and, within these Rare Reflections, analyzes and discusses rare disease issues relating to her field of study.
Alexandra Crocker is a Public Health and Government major at Franklin and Marshall College. She explores some different topics relating to health policy, rare disease, and the need for more interpreters, especially in medical settings.
Morgan Burger is a Health Sciences major at the University of Miami. She is also pursuing minors in Biology and Public Health. She interned for Fighting H.A.R.D. Foundation in the summer of 2023.
Kaylee Mescal is a senior in high school diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Occult Tethered Cord Syndrome, and Chiari Malformation. Her service dog is named Chance! She writes about her experiences and hopes to raise awareness, especially about service animals.