Labradoodle Service Puppies On Airplanes

//Labradoodle Service Puppies On Airplanes


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It’s Official, Airplanes Are For Barnyard Animals!

Two miniature pigs we encountered waiting to get their picture taken with Santa at a mall in 2014.

The Americans With Disabilities Act defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to mitigate the symptoms of a disability.  What most people don’t know is that The Americans With Disabilities Act does not have any bearing on airplane flight.  Airplane travel of service animals and emotional support animals is regulated by a different organization all together, the Department of Transportation through the Air Carrier Access Act.  Unfortunately this means that the rules apply on the ground do not necessarily hold up in the air.  Under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) a service animal is defined as “ANY ANIMAL that is individually trained or able to provide assistance to a person with a disability; or any animal that assists persons with disabilities by providing emotional support.”

After several recent high profile cases of emotional support animals biting passengers and crew on airplanes, people regularly passing off their pet dogs as emotional support dogs in order to get around transportation fees, the implementation of breed restrictions by some airlines and high profiles cases like the woman who tried to board an airplane with an emotional support peacock, the friendly skies were looking less and less like an airplane and more like a barn yard.  About a year ago the Department of Transportation asked for public comment about how they should be addressing the recent problems airlines and passengers had been having.

On August 8th 2019 the Department of Transportation released a 28 page document to clarify what airlines could and could not do.  Here is a summary of the regulations that will affect your next flight.

  • Puppies younger than 4 months are no longer allowed on airplanes as service dogs
  • The only animals the airlines are allowed to refuse access to are “certain unusual species of service animals such as snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents, and spiders.”
  • Breed bans are no longer legal
  • There are still no legal requirements that your animal has received ANY TRAINING as a service animal or emotional support animal in order for it to be able to fly on an airplane

Here at Service Dog Academy we were hoping that the Department of Transportation would do SOMETHING to prevent people from being able to bring untrained dogs, barnyard animals and emotional support velociraptors onto airplanes.  Turns out, they did almost nothing except restrict a puppy from being able to be socialized to an airplane during its critical socialization window.  So what is our advice?  Take your puppy to a petting zoo and make sure its exposed to tons of different animals.  You don’t want the first time your bird dog sees a peacock to be in a small cylindrical tube, packed with people and various barnyard animals at 30,000 feet in the air.  That’s a guaranteed recipe for disaster.

So what do you think of our answer?   Do you think the Department of Transportation should have done more to make the skies safer from fraud and prevented the airlines from transporting almost any type of animal for emotional support reasons?


Matilda is a trained POTS alert dog. She is a Labradoodle from our first Imprinted Puppy Puppy Litter. Find out how you can get a puppy like her to train for your child.



  1. Vickie Tompkins August 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Because of no limitations I had a terrible time getting my dog on the plane. She never even looked at anyone but me. Once we were on the plane after about an hour she came out from under my chair and alerted that my blood sugar was dropping. I always carry food to help. After she knew I was okay she disappeared right back under the seat. There were three other dogs on board and they were not even obedience trained. I always wait until almost everyone is off the plane to leave. As I was passing the steward he said your dog was so wonderful. He told me the other dogs were all over their owners and every time someone walked by them they were jumping for attention. My girl never greeted anyone and we were in the aisle seat. I have to admit I never thought about training her around barnyard animals. Luckily I have a friend that lives on a farm. So I guess I will be taking her to the farm to teach her to not react to these animals. There have got to be some restrictions. I didn’t feel upset when they questioned me about how my girl would behave.

  2. Robin Ctanford August 16, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I think they did more to hurt the use of a service animal. I struggle with what all they will allow. It’s going to get crazy! Big Mistakes in my opinion

  3. Kelly August 16, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, I was really hoping they would require some sort of guaranteed certification to allow service animals on planes.

  4. Robin Denny August 17, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I think it would’ve been helpful for the a ACAA guidelines to have been altered to mirror the ADA guidelines.

  5. Darrah August 21, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I wish they would’ve made a better distinction between an emotional support animal and a PSD. I am afraid to travel and after paying, find out they won’t accept us as a team.

  6. Eddy September 3, 2019 at 8:55 am

    DOT rendering was very disappointing! This PC society is so out of control!

  7. Elisabeth Townsend December 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    This is ridiculous. All these public agencies do by allowing everyone and their brother to bring a “service” dog is to alienate those who really need it. My husband is diabetic and he travels a lot for work. I worry he will have issues if this continues. I think a smaller dog would be good so it could sit under the seat and such but a larger dog is the more stereotypical service dog. I don’t think he should have to deal with grief because some idiot wants to bring their pet pig on board free of charge
    There needs to be a standardized obedience exam and registry for service animals. Once passed the owner could carry this info along with vaccine records and such and show it upon request. I think true service animal owners would have no issue with this. It’s the fakes that would not like it.

  8. Julie Solow March 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I have flown from Oklahoma to Portland, OR, several times over the past 4 years. I always fly SouthWest Airlines because they are WONDERFUL and very service dog friendly!

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