December 3, 2019

More and more handlers are doing most of the basic training with their service dogs. In-part because the high cost of professional training. Training a service dog is not a simple task and takes hundreds of dedicated hours.  If you plan to train a service dog, you shou...

November 1, 2019

Allergies to dogs are caused by a reaction to certain proteins found in oils secreted from a dog’s skin and in their saliva - it is not the hair itself that causes allergies. When a dog sheds hair, or its skin flakes off, these proteins are carried into the immediate e...

October 1, 2019

Individuals who travel with emotional support animals or psychiatric service animals may need to provide specific documentation to establish that they have a disability and the reason the animal must travel with them. Individuals who wish to travel with their emotional...

September 3, 2019

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) requires airlines to allow service animals and emotional support animals to accompany their handlers in the cabin of the aircraft.

For evidence that an animal is a service animal, air carriers may ask to see identification cards, writte...

August 2, 2019

My faithful service dog, Pasha recently had to be put down after many months of treatment for cancer to the spine.  The cost of his care during those 6 months was more than $10,000.00. When I was discussing this year’s medical expenses to deduct from my taxes, I mentio...

July 2, 2019

Students with disabilities have the right to bring their service dogs not only to school with them, but also on the school bus. A person traveling with a service animal cannot be denied access to transportation provided to the public, even if there is a “no pets” polic...

June 4, 2019

The ADA permits a student with a disability who uses a service animal to have the animal at school.  In addition, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act allow a student to use an animal that does not meet the AD...

May 2, 2019

First, your service or emotional support dog is not a pet. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects a person with a disability from discrimination in obtaining housing. This includes property you own that may be governed by a condo or homeowner’s association. Under this law...

April 2, 2019

ADA makes it clear in Titles II and III that service animals are allowed in public facilities and accommodations. A service animal must be allowed to accompany the handler to any place in the building or facility where members of the public, program participants, custo...

March 1, 2019

Federal and State Laws prohibit employment discrimination because of a disability. If an employee needed a wheelchair to get around, we expect all businesses would accommodate the chair, but what happens when the accommodation is a dog? Employers are required to provid...

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