Veterans with PTSD can register their dogs as service animals. Other animals can be registered as Emotional Support Animals. We are sensitive to the specific needs of veterans. We provide service animal registration but we do not offer service dog training or therapy dog training. Register My Service Animal service animal registration is valid in all states.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows for individuals with medical disabilities, psychiatric disorders, or PTSD to register their dogs as service animals. Individuals with depression or anxiety can register their animals as Emotional Support Animals. This allows you to keep your animal if you live in no pet housing and to keep the animal with you for support.
No, you can train your own dog to be a service dog. Most people train their own service animal. We recommend that all dogs start with the basic good citizenship training and then proceed with more advanced service animal training.
Most people think of a service dog as a large breed dog for the blind or for working with a person confined to a wheelchair. The reality is that the majority of service dogs are small dogs that perform tasks for otherwise normal people with disorders related to emotional, psychological, hearing, seizure, diabetic, or for other medical issues - disabilities that are completely invisible.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines "disability” very broadly and does not limit the type of disability for which a service animal can be used. In addition, there is great flexibility with respect to the nature and severity of a person’s physical, mental, or emotional issue (disability).
The ADA protects people with all kinds of disabilities (obvious disabilities, as well as the invisible kind) by requiring all businesses that serve the public to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals with them. That means restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, sports facilities, and airlines - just about any place you can imagine. If the public has access to it, then so do you and your service dog. By law, these businesses can't charge you extra or separate you from other customers because of your certified service dog. And by law, businesses aren't allowed to ask you to prove your dog is a service animal, although that doesn't guarantee they won't ask.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is not considered a working service dog under the ADA and is not granted unlimited public access. Protections under federal law include allowing a handler to be accompanied by his/her emotional support animal in the cabin of the aircraft, in accordance with the Air Carrier Access Act 49 U.S.C. 41705 and Dept of Transportation 14 C.F.R. Part 382. Please check with your airline prior to travel for their specific rules regarding service animals and emotional support animals.