06-15-2015, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Lowry
Oh I don't mean that. I just mean what makes an ESA different than a normal pet? Are they able to go into certain establishments?
An ESA is generally allowed to travel their owner where pets would normally not be allowed. Like flying in the cabin of an airplane, being on a train or bus etc. They are also exempt from "no pet" rules at complexes and rentals. That's pretty much it. Some specific establishments might be happy to make exceptions for an ESA on a case by case basis.
Only service animals are legally required to be allowed in stores, restaurants, movies etc. where pets normally are banned. The difference between an ESA and service dog is the training. For a dog to be a service dog, it must be trained to perform specific tasks that help mitigate a disability. Like retrieving objects, guiding, assisting somebody who falls, finding exits or bathrooms in buildings, applying pressure to calm somebody from a panic attack, alerting to seizures, alerting low blood sugar, etc. Service dogs are essentially medical devices.