-Highly trained in disability-related tasks and obedience
-Have public access rights
-Are not considered pets
Service animals are legally defined (Americans With
Disabilities Act, 1990) and are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities. Federal
laws protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals in public places. Service
animals are not considered "pets."
Social Signal Dogs:
- A social signal assistance dog is an innovative teaching tool used by social workers, therapists, physicians,
early education and special needs teachers working with children and adults with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities.
Individuals with histories of sexual or physical
abuse often need a catalyst to prompt disclosure. A Social Signal assistance dog, non-judgemental and unconditionally loving,
provides the help necessary to identify children in crisis.
-Are allowed in "no pets" housing
-Are allowed to travel with owners on airlines (if they
have the proper documentation)
-Are not allowed in public places like grocery stores,
Under the USA's federal laws, Social Signal Dogs
cannot go into no-pets-allowed places, BUT THEY ARE ALLOWED in no-pets-allowed housing and
in the cabins of airplanes when accompanied by proper documentation.
Canine Assisted Therapy dogs &Therapy Dogs:
- The value of therapy dogs has been demonstrated
time and again. They offer more than just a warm furry body; many dogs instinctually
understand when someone needs comfort and offer it unconditionally, without judgment or obligation.
-Are used by volunteers or professionals in places like
nursing homes, children's hospitals, psychiatric wards, etc
-Do not have the right to travel on planes or to be
in "no pets" housing
-Are not allowed in public places unless invited