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Old 05-05-2008, 03:33 AM #1
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Question Visiting a no pets apartment with an emotional support dog?

I have an emotional support dog that I've been taking with me to a church group meeting for the past year. The hosts of this group have now moved into an apartment, and the managers specifically said no dogs.

I know that emotional support dogs have rights to be kept in no pets allowed housing...but what about just visiting? I imagine that there's a good chance they will allow it, but in case they argue, I was wondering if I had any rights in visiting with my dog.
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Is your dog certified as an emotional support dog? If so, you should only need to show your papers and all should be fine. Maybe you could call the ADA and ask them if there is a rule on apartments and visiting? Since this is not a public building like a shopping center or place to eat there may be no rules regarding private buildings.

We have an assist dog but she's not certified. We trained her for hubby. We don't usually take her in public places because of that.
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i know where i live, if you have not paid a pet deposit, then no visitng pets. not even service dogs.
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I have taken my Medic Alert/Service Dog into apartments where the people did not have animals. She has been certified as a therapy dog with Lend A Heart, she is registered with our county as a service dog and medic alert dog (saved my life 3 times this month alone...with witnesses on one occasion), and ... I can't tell you how many classes she has been in. My wife is her primary trainer.

Even the hospital let her in my room during a stay and let us into my wife's room when she had her knee replaced.

I never heard of an apartment saying no. I guess they can try. If the general public is allowed in one of their apartments (a party or open house), then the service dog should be allowed.

That said, if your dog is poorly trained, etc. the mgt has the right to ask you to leave and maybe even request payment for any damages your dog might cause. Most real Service Dogs are NOT a problem anywhere they go. They are welcomed back, at least mine is. I have seen a couple of people who said their dogs were Service Dogs, but the behavior of the pet was questionable, with growls at people, etc.

Good luck with it....
PS-- like you, if the tenant seemed concerned, I would not take my dog in either. I try not to offend or irritate people most of the time.
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jake goes with me everywhere. to a house and apartment. a hospital the movies and if im asked i show them his papers.

get your dog registered. if not for him for you. the emotional support an animal can bring is just as importnant as any other service animal. people are wierd and not understanding of this so to save yourself some grief get it regisrterd asap...



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Both our dogs are for hearing assist, we take them just about everyplace with us...we have a friend with a baby who is allergic to animals, but a bath that morning and good brush out, they are good for a couple hour visit with no ill effects on the baby, I have small crates for them that don't take up a lot of room and they remain crated while we are in the home. My male has a portal in the top of his crate that he can stick his head through, he sits at my side and alerts me to noises that he thinks i need to be aware of. The reason for the crates is mainly to keep any possible dog hair off the carpet.

The dogs are both chihuahuas and very well behaved. We just came from Denny's and they both sat inside with us even though Bearbear is off duty due to an injury. The vet wants him kept quiet and if he's not with us, he stresses out and could hurt himself again.
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I have an emotional support dog that I've been taking with me to a church group meeting for the past year. The hosts of this group have now moved into an apartment, and the managers specifically said no dogs.

I know that emotional support dogs have rights to be kept in no pets allowed housing...but what about just visiting? I imagine that there's a good chance they will allow it, but in case they argue, I was wondering if I had any rights in visiting with my dog.
An individual home owner, religious organization or private club can refuse entry of a service animal. The owner of a building such as an apartment building cannot.

Anywhere a person in a wheelchair or crutches cannot be denied entry, a person with a service dog cannot be denied entry either.

The only paper you are legally required to show is a current rabies vaccination. But certification helps avoid arguments.

By definition, the service dog must be trained to perform at least one task to help you. :-) Staying by your side can be a trained task. Touching you when you are upset can be a trained task. Perhaps what you actually have there is a "service dog."
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I have an emotional support dog that I've been taking with me to a church group meeting for the past year. The hosts of this group have now moved into an apartment, and the managers specifically said no dogs.

I know that emotional support dogs have rights to be kept in no pets allowed housing...but what about just visiting? I imagine that there's a good chance they will allow it, but in case they argue, I was wondering if I had any rights in visiting with my dog.
I also have an emotional support dog and visiting a friend at his apartment he will not allow me to speak with his management - maintenance told me they have a no pets policy and he told me the dog had to leave, friend says I'm demanding and finds this a threat to his housing, so he's very defensive. So I don't know what to do. Friend is not interested in my doctor's letter.
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