Service Dogs


Emotional Support Animals are animals specifically trained to assist an individual/owner with managing specific emotional disorders. This classification is not a legal definition, and therefore does not have any protection under the law.

Service/Guide/Assistance Dogs are specifically trained to assist their handler/owner with some type of life-altering disability. 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 assisting 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. 

It is a crime in Colorado to misrepresent an animal as a service animal.

Canine/Feline Behavior Counseling does not provide training for service or assistance dogs. 

For more information about Service Dogs:

Service Dog Training Standards

Service Dog Terminology

Changes to definition of "service animal"

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