Are guide dogs allowed everywhere?

Asked By: Osborne Considine
Date created: Sun, Apr 11, 2021 7:56 PM
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Guide Dogs are also allowed into public places including restaurants, shopping centres, hotels, cinemas etc.

Is there anywhere Guide Dogs aren't allowed to go? They are also not allowed access into the zoo as this would cause disruption to the animals, and it is also not a good environment for a Guide Dog to work in.

Answered By: Howell Fay
Date created: Mon, Apr 12, 2021 9:59 PM

The ADA does not give public access rights to trainers.

The American's with Disabilities Act does not apply to service dogs in training.

Some states have laws which permit trainers to take service-dogs-in-training to the same places fully trained service dogs can go.

Yes. Owners of assistance dogs have the right to take their animals into all public places and onto public transport, including buses and trains. The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability who is using an assistance dog.

Generally guide, hearing and service dogs are permitted to accompany their disabled owner everywhere members of the public are allowed, but there are a few exceptions.

For example, a member of the public would be permitted in the dining area of a restaurant, but not in the kitchen.


It is important to note that a Therapy Dog has no rights to enter an animal restricted area (grocery store, public transportation, etc), and are only allowed where they are invited to visit.

Therapy Dogs are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Americans With Disabilities cites that emotional support dogs or animals do not have the training to do specific tasks in assisting a person with disability or impairment, unlike service animals.

Hence, the pets may not be allowed to accompany their owner in public places ie.

restaurants, stores, hotels.

Leashed pets can join you in many areas on Fire Island. Be sure to bring extra water for them, keep them in the shade on warm days, and check the pet rules for the area you plan to visit.

If there is no food being prepared, handled or stored on the premises, then there is no restriction which prevents a dog entering the pub or shop.

If dogs are not allowed in that particular pub or shop then it is the owners own policy and not due to "health and safety" regulations.

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