Is a service animal in training afforded the same rights as a fully trained service animal?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal in training is not recognized as a service animal and therefore would not be given the same rights to access places of public accommodation. It is important to note that individual states can offer additional protections beyond the ADA. As an example, New York State allows for a recognized professional trainer to have a service animal in training in places of public accommodation. The rule of keeping the service animal under control would still be applicable. Individuals should check the state and local law where they live.