What is a psychiatric service animal?

The ADA defines service animals as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability.” In addition, a service animal must be trained to behave appropriately in public and be under the control of its handler at all times.

It’s important to understand that if a dog demonstrates any disruptive behavior or is not under its handler’s control, it does not qualify as a service dog and may be removed from public and private places, including airports and airplane cabins. Training for your service dog is critical.

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