Are gyms, fitness centers, hotels or municipalities that have swimming pools required to allow a service animal in the pool with its handler?

No. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) does not override public health rules that prohibit dogs in swimming pools. However, service animals must be allowed on the pool deck and in other areas where the public is allowed to go.

 Are service-animals-in-training considered service animals under the ADA?


No. Under the ADA, the dog must already be trained before it can be taken into public places. However, some state or local laws cover animals that are still in training.

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