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Old 01-22-2012, 04:04 PM
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Stuff People Say to Service Dog Handlers

Something to think about the next time you see a service dog and their handler.


Service Dog Etiquette from the Delta Society:

When you meet a person with a service dog, please remember that the dog is working. Don't do anything to interrupt the service dog while it is performing its tasks.

Some Rules for Interacting with People with Service Dogs.

1. Speak to the person first. Do not aim distracting or rude noises at the dog .
2. Do not touch the service dog without asking for, and receiving, permission.
3. Do not offer food to the service dog.
4. Do not ask personal questions about the handler's disability, or otherwise intrude on his or her privacy.
5. Don't be offended if the handler does not wish to chat about the service dog.
What if you don't like dogs or are afraid of dogs?
Place yourself away from the service dog. If you are a business person, discreetly arrange for someone else to wait on the person. You may ask the person to have the service dog lie down if it does not interfere with its work.
What if the service dog barks, growls, or otherwise forgets its manners?
Find out what happened before taking action. Was the service dog stepped on, poked, asleep and dreaming, performing its job (some alert their owners to oncoming seizures by barking once or twice)? If the dog's behavior is disruptive or destructive, you may ask the person to remove it from the premises.
What if other people complain about the dog being present?
Explain that the service dog is medically necessary and that federal law protects the right of the person to be accompanied by the service dog in public places.

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I'm raising a SAR dog and I get some of those taking him places. Mostly just "You can't have a dog in here" and I'll say he's a SAR dog in training and show his and my ID and they just look at me like I'm stupid and say again "We can't have dogs here, those are the rules."
And even though he's in training and he's there for socialization most people don't ask to pet him, they just do. I feel like they'd do that for someone's service dog too.
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It kinda upsets me when I see people that do that, or people that abuse the system and bring their dogs saying it's a service dog.
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or people that abuse the system and bring their dogs saying it's a service dog.
But, how do you know they are not disabled? Many people have "hidden disabilities". People with diabetes, or hypoglycemia, people with seizures, people with psychiatric disabilities. All of those people can have service dogs and don't look disabled.

Even tiny chihuahuas and daschunds can be trained to medically alert to low blood sugar. Service dogs don't have to be big dogs and can be of any breed.
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But, how do you know they are not disabled? Many people have "hidden disabilities". People with diabetes, or hypoglycemia, people with seizures, people with psychiatric disabilities. All of those people can have service dogs and don't look disabled.

Even tiny chihuahuas and daschunds can be trained to medically alert to low blood sugar. Service dogs don't have to be big dogs and can be of any breed.
It's so true you never know. It sucks that anyone can receive the certification for their dog.
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I mean the people that go there without proper ID for their "service dog" as in, people who don't need their dog there. Like those frufy teens that dress up their dogs in dresses and stuff them in their purse OR the peopl who "can't anywhere without their dog" it's easy to tell the difference between oe who needs their service dog, and one who doesn't have an actual service dog - just by the dogs behaviour sometimes.
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Hi I was reading this and will soon be training a service dog for my fiancee who has blackouts as well as a balance problem. I grew up training dogs under a certified trainer but have never been through the process. How would you get the proper service dog ID?
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its sad how people assume before knowing the facts. and then you get some people that want to know why someone has a service dog and just ask and ask and ask questions. some times it makes people uncomfortable and it would make me the same way.
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Hi I was reading this and will soon be training a service dog for my fiancee who has blackouts as well as a balance problem. I grew up training dogs under a certified trainer but have never been through the process. How would you get the proper service dog ID?
I would start with this basic ADA information:

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals

I rescued a dog and am training him to be my service dog as well. You should know that there is no national way to certify your dog as a service dog. Your dog just has to meet the requirements. Good Luck!
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when i see a service dog, it makes ma smile. i think 'wow, that dog is helping someone live a fuller & better life!' i dont go up & badger the person (I'm shy anyway & dont typically approaach ppl i dont know anyway). if i happen to catch the handler's eye (not by staring or 'trying' to, but if i happen to) then i will smile or nod to them & move on. i respect ppl's privacy & space.

on the subject of 'hidden' disorders. service dogs are now being used to treat things like PTSD in veterens coming back from war... wish that had been an option for dad when he came back from Namm
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