Are Service Dogs in Training Allowed at Social Events?
The Americans with Disabilities Act provides guidelines as to where you're allowed to take service animals. But it doesn't have rules for trainers or their dogs-in-training. Each state government has its own set of rules that outline exactly where you can and can't take your canine trainee.
Where to Take Him
Under ADA provisions, fully trained service animals are allowed in businesses or government offices that serve the public. While many kinds of businesses -- restaurants, malls, parks, offices and more -- should also allow you to bring your dog-in-training to a social event, call ahead and ask to be certain or check with your local government office.
Places to Avoid
Some places are inappropriate for service animals -- even after they complete their training. The kitchen at a restaurant, an operating room or a burn unit are just a few of the areas you'll probably want to avoid while training your service animal. In these special circumstances, a dog could compromise an otherwise sterile area.
No matter what type of social event you're going to -- a company party, a concert or a baseball game, for example -- the business does not have to provide anything special for your canine trainee. You're responsible for bringing food, water and bags for cleaning up any mess he leaves behind after going to the bathroom.
By Melodie Anne Coffman
U.S. Department of Justice: Service Animals
Job Accomodation Network: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Service Animals in the Workplace
U.S. Department of Justice: Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business
Service Dogs of Florida, Inc: Service Dogs in Training (SDiT) ADA Excluded
About the Author
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.