Did you know that September is National Service Dog Month?
National Service Dog Month was created to celebrate the dogs who have a career helping humans. You probably already know that Service Dogs help individual people, but did you know they also work in schools, skilled nursing facilities, courthouses, physical therapy practices, hospitals, and much more? The goal in each setting remains the same – the working dogs help to support and increase independence for the people they are servicing.
Service Dogs receive hundreds of hours of specialized training on specific, skilled tasks. This is one of the ways they are set apart from “Therapy Dogs” and Emotional Support Animals. They also have protected public access rights.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state laws, people with disabilities are allowed public access rights for their specifically trained Service Dogs. Service Dogs are legally allowed to accompany their person into stores, restaurants, public transportation, and other places where dogs are not normally allowed.
There can be questions about how to interact with a Service Dog or even what kind of rights these working animals have. Can you deny a service dog entry to your store? Is it ever okay to pet a service dog? Topics like these will be covered on our social media accounts and at our National Service Dog Month events throughout the month of September!