Emotional Support Animals -Animals specifically trained to assist an individual/owner with managing specific emotinal disorders. This classification is NOT a legal definition, and therefore does not have any protection under the law.
Service/Guide/Assistance Dogs-Service Dogs are specifically trained to assist their handler/owner with some type of LIFE ALTERING disability (ies). Contrary to popular belief, Service dogs do not have any access rights or protection under the law. They are allowed public access to most buildings and are protected under federal laws only when they are assiting their disabled handler. In Colorado, service dogs are granted public access and protected under state law while in training and working with a qualified trainer, as well as their handler. This is not true in all states or on federal property.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN COLORADO IT IS A CRIME TO MISREPRESENT AN ANIMAL AS A SERVICE ANIMAL.
Canine/Feline Behavior Counseling does NOT currently provide training for service or assistance dogs.
For more information about Service Dogs:
•Assistance Dogs International (2011) Glossary of Terms. http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/Standards/GlossaryOfTerms.php
•Federal Register (2003) Vol. 68, No. 90 / Friday, May 9, 2003 / Rules and Regulations.
•Service Dog Central (2011) How was the definition of "service animal" changed July 23, 2010?