|Barked: Fri Oct 25, '13 7:38am PST |
|Do you have a service dog, service dog in training or therapy dog?
The difference is very important legally.
If you have a fully trained service dog, you have protections under the ADA and no letter is needed. If you have a service dog in training (takes approx 2 years, fully task and public access trained) then you are not protected under the ADA, and your rights depend on state law. By reading the state law, it doesn't look like Kansas protects handlers of dogs in training, but I will read closer if that is your situation.
If your dog is a therapy dog, you have no protected public access rights, period.
Though, your posts lead me to think you are confused on the terminology (which is common of first time handlers). A service dog is a dog that mitigates your disability. A therapy dog is a pet that you take to places like nursing homes or libraries to bring joy to others. The handlers may or may not be disabled.
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