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I am moving to Puerto Rico.   We bought a house fenced in I have a service dog.  Can I bring him in to Puerto Rico.  Dies Puerto Rico honor. The Americans with Disabilities act.

Of Course, this is the USA!  All Federal Laws apply!!!

just remember to have him on his leash and proper identification.   You will find some offices and stores have untrained employees ( mostly just dumb people- sorry!)  in them and if they don't see it, they don't understand what it is.  Just tell them politely and if any issue, call the manager.
FEDERAL LAW succeeds all other laws and regulations.

we have 2 service dogs in church on Sunday and this week we blessed Scout for St. Francis.

No problem.  Even unofficial service dogs are often welcomed in places that are normally people-only establishments.

We have taken our service dog back and forth for two years now. All we need to have is a current health certificate. We had a little difficulty coming back from Ponce to the mainland as check in attendant asked for service dog papers. I asked what service dog papers? she consulted with her superior and we were allowed to board. That was the only time we encountered and problem. They are not allowed to ask about disabilities.

As Mrkpytn said there are always clueless people. But Federal laws apply 100% in PR, so no real issues. Check with airlines for what you will need (Heath certificate and appropriate transport cage plus leach), likely too big to come in the plane, so they will ship it separately from you and then you pick it up.
See post about shipping pets.

We have a service dog, he has traveled to PR a couple of times with us.  Generally we fly Southwest Airline - they are very good about service  dogs and usually we are seated in  the bulkhead row for extra room (our dog is a Lab, 80lbs.)

We have never been asked for papers, or even health records of the dog.

In PR we found some of the restaurants don't seem to be aware of the Americans with disabilities Act  - we have been refused to have the dog allowed in the resturant a couple of times, even though the dog is wearing his service dog vest.  Some places are simply ignorant of the law and when issue raised, they shrug their shoulders and just say it's PR. 

We have found that many Puerto Rican's are very fond of dogs!  Some of our friends have several dogs, and most truly love their mutts!

BTW - real service dogs are highly trained and obedient, generally very well behaved while on duty.   Our's is good when working,... but a bit of a backslider when not on duty w his vest.  Sometimes, I think he is due for remedial training - LOL.

Could you suit the restaurant ?
Nothing raises awarenest like a court case covered in the news

Perhaps - I wasn't in a snit about it - but it could be if one chose to push it.

Sometimes, people don't even notice the dog as he lays under the table and is very unobtrusive - as he should be - in a restaurant.   

I think public education needs to catch up with this issue in PR.

What dogs do they not allow as service dogs.  I have a mix pit who is my service dog

Could someone explain what you guys are referring to as a service dog?
I am aware of dogs for the blind as service dogs, not aware of many others. I also have heard of dogs that sense a seizure and some that sense low blood sugar, but not sure if those qualify.
Yet, several of you have stated that you have a service dog so I am confused.

I do not think that dogs that can open the fridge and bring you a beer qualify

No I have had major spine sugery due to an attack from a student while teaching.   My dog does not get me a beer. I do not fined you funny   My dog retrieves thing off the floor that I cannot pick up.  He also supports my while I am out in public. Which I rarely do.   So if there is anyone  out there that can help and guide me with out the disrespect  I would greatly appreciate your help

Post was not directed at you in particular it starts with can someone, it was also accompanied by a link that covers the ADA and an article explaining the tecnical definition, and me stating that I was confuced.

It was a question because a number of individuals have stated they have a service dog.
Some people are more sensitive than others

When you are in my position then you can judge. Call e sensitive if you want but how careing are you of others   When you walk in my shoes then you can judge   Karma is an itch.  Don't bother to reply.   You stated your self and I stayed my self. Have a great day

Can you tell me if they except mix breeds  such a pit lab mix. As a service dog

Thank you you are very helpful.  My dog is a fully trained service dog.   I think the problem is he is a mix lab pit and he is black.  People have a problem with black dog and I just don't understand why

Just to make you aware, PR has an importation prohibition on pit bull mixes, but I do not think it is being enforced: … uerto-rico
It has been in place since 1998, in 2010 a bill was passed to eliminate the ban, but was votoed by the then governor.
Last week in PR it was in the news that two pit bulls attacked and killed a 73 year old lady that was visiting her nice, the dogs knew her and to my knowledge they liked her but something happened.

Service dogs can be a wide range of assistance to the disabled.  Seeing eye type dogs for the blind are what many people think of when a service dog is mentioned.  However, they can aid people in many many ways depending on the type of disability and the training to aid the person; hearing assistance to the deaf, walking, balance assistance, even emotional support. 

True service dogs have a considerable training regimen that is extensive and costly, and help they people in various ways, all are covered by the ADA.

I assume service dogs are registered and that the owner has some sort of paper to prove it is a service dog and not just somebody that wants to go into a restaurant with their regular dog.

I recently saw a lady in a wheel chair with a dog that would fetch things for her, but the dog did not have a vest or anything to differentiate it from a regular dog. I do not recall if the wheel chair was motorized or not but I think it was, so the dog was not pulling the wheel chair which would have been a lot of work since people and the wheel chair are heavy and hard to move.

Thank you.  M dog has extensive and expensive training to help me.   I just need to know I can travel and get him in to Puerto Rico.  I own a home and it is fenced in   The dog is fixed chipped and goes to the vet  annually for check ups and shots

If it is a pit bull mix to my knowledge it will not be allowed into the island.

See the document and maybe speak with them or a lawyer for any breaks given for service dogs. … FICATE.pdf

Here is a suggestion. If the veterinarian you use to get the dog's travel health certificate says the dog can travel to or from Puerto Rico, then leave it at that.  My New York  veterinarian went to school in the Caribbean.  The dogs' heritages were always a guessing game because I always had rescue dogs.   Who really knows what is in their DNA?

That is great advice.   "Pit Bull" is not actually a breed.  The health certificate required for travel will list the breed of the dog, or an educated guess as to the dog's mix,  as determined by the veterinarian who fills out the certificate. 
Airlines very rarely question the veterinarians declaration of breed, and if you spend any time at all at the airport in San Juan, and you will see that many dogs that appear to be "pit bulls"  are flying.   So just ask your vet to list your dog as a "lab mix" on the certificate, and your dog will more than likely  be good to go.

The 2 exceptions to this would be
1) any dog that physically should not fly,  such as dogs with "pushed-in snouts". Don't ever fly them as baggage or cargo, it is very risky for them.
2) A dog that displays aggression.  If you have a dog who lunges or acts aggressively when in a crate,  this is a problem that might result in your dog being refused by the airline (for the safety of the employees who need to handle the crate).

Good luck!

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