There are only two questions you may be asked regarding your service dog: 1) is the dog a service dog required because of a disability, and 2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

Alert Dog (or Response Dog) – Alerts dogs help individuals who suffer from seizures or blood pressure issues by alerting them when they may be having an episode, reminding them to take their medication, or a similar task.

Hearing Dog – Help individuals who are hearing-impaired or deaf by alerting them to the presence of other people, hazards, alarms, and other sounds.

Psychiatric Dogs – Assist individuals who have cognitive or neurological disabilities such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, or other related disorders. Service dogs can perform many different tasks for individuals with a disability that falls under this category, as that disabilities can vary greatly.

Other Service Dogs – Service dogs also perform other tasks for disabled individuals, including providing balance for individuals who have mobility issues, opening doors, fetching items for their handlers, and many other tasks.

Guide Dog – These service dogs help people who suffer from partial or complete blindness by guiding them along safe paths and helping them avoid dangerous situations.