I live in the state of Wyoming and manage a business in the lodging industry. We do allow one pet at our business. I know we are required to take a service dog, but are we also required to take one service dog”in training” in addition to the service dog? If you could clear this up for me I would greatly appreciate it.

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  1. character education

    Under the ADA, service dogs in training are not addressed. A trainer with a service dog in training has NO rights under the ADA. Only fully trained service dogs are addressed.
    However, under Wyoming state law, service dogs and service dogs in training are considered the same thing:
    “Service dog” means a dog which has been or is being specially trained to the requirements of a person with a disability….”http://servicedogcentral.org/content/nod…
    However, none of the law mentions trainers, ie whether they must be certified or even whether they have access rights (the right to train in your facility).
    “Any blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired person or other person with a disability may be accompanied by a service dog in any of the places listed in subsection (a) of this section without paying an extra charge for the service dog….”
    In short, this is a poorly written law. It looks a bit like only disabled people training their own service dogs have public access rights, but that would be an unusual position to take. So it’s likely they either meant to include trainers in the list of people not to be discriminated against, or meant to add a paragraph about trainers rights but forgot it. Usually in the paragraph about trainers rights they also list restrictions on trainers, usually that they be from an approved program.
    Consult your state’s attorney general for info on whether you must permit service animals in training or not. Better yet, consult a private attorney of your own.
    Wyoming Attorney General http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/
    123 Capitol Building
    200 W. 24th Street
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    (307) 777-7841
    (307) 777-6869 FAX
    (307) 777-5351 TDD

  2. bj2circe

    Kirsten gave the best response in how to find out that information. It is not required by the ADA as the ADA only applies to dogs that are trained, and not to dogs in training. It can however be a requirement of state law. This is not something that I can give a specific answer on, but it would be good practice to allow dogs in training, especially those towrds the end of their training into your business. If you are not rquired to you can always refuse to take really young puppies, and by law you will always have a right to ask for any dog that is out of control to leave. It is good practice for anyone training a dog to always ask for permission first and unless the law requires you to allow them, you may want to say that you will only allow a certain number of them at any one time, etc.

  3. science chick

    http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm THere is a number you can call at the bottom.
    I do know it is illegal to ask what the disability is, you can only ask what the dog is trained to do. If you normally charge other customers for pet damage, you are still allowed to do so.
    The training dogs ar eprobably allowed places, but I am not sure. What I was saying earlier is that if someone claims it is a service dog, it is kind of hard to prove otherwise.

  4. BYBS sell deformed puppies

    The link that science chick gave you is your best place to find out the laws on dogs “in training”.
    Even if you allow “one pet” per room.. the already trained service dog is not technically a pet!

  5. RuthAnn

    Not as far as I know. It would be nice if U could help out, but if U do not want to take a dog in training I think that is your choice. Call up your state rep and ask. Check at the library also, or go on line. That’s what the Internet is for.

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