Accomodating dogs


The regulations accompanying Title III of the ADA (which covers discrimination in public accommodations) define a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Service animals also can be used to monitor medical conditions such as low blood sugar.Under Title III, service animals are limited to dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability, but you should check your state’s regulations as some extend protections to other animals.

"You can have a beautiful house and a pet, too," says Julia Szabo, pet columnist for the New York Post and author of Animal House Style: Designing A Home To Share With Your Pets (Once you grant an employee’s request to bring a service animal to work, a whole host of other issues may arise.Bring along your pets for FREE to our dog friendly holidays and let them enjoy the sites and smells of the forest and riverside walks.If you are confronted with an accommodation request by an employee or a customer who needs a service animal while on you premises, you must handle the situation appropriately and delicately to avoid potential complaints and liability. Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which addresses disability discrimination by private employers with 15 or more employees, does not explicitly deal with service animals’ access to the workplace.However, regulations related to Title III of the ADA, which applies to “public accommodations,” require that service animals be granted access to all areas of government facilities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations where public access is normally allowed.Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets' needs in mind, turning pet-friendly decorating into a full-blown trend.

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