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Old 10-01-2012, 12:26 PM
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there is a reason service dogs have a uniform and it ain't 'cause they like to look spiffy.
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I think there is ALOT of abuse when it comes to people claiming their dog is a service dog and they hide behind the fact that it is unlawful to question a person about their disability. One of the posts here on this board a someone admitted to saying they've said their dog was a service dog to allow them to take it in some place.
People like that make it so much harder and are a primary reason for some of the harrassment people who REALLY need a service dog receive from business owners.
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I think there is ALOT of abuse when it comes to people claiming their dog is a service dog and they hide behind the fact that it is unlawful to question a person about their disability. One of the posts here on this board a someone admitted to saying they've said their dog was a service dog to allow them to take it in some place.
People like that make it so much harder and are a primary reason for some of the harrassment people who REALLY need a service dog receive from business owners.
Honestly, I think it's a combination of this, and the fact that you can get a service dog for literally anything nowadays. You can pick any random person off the street, and guaranteed they have some type of syndrome or disease or condition that they could get a service dog for.

I have a question for people who are more knowledgeable of this than I - does a person have to actually prove that they cannot function without a service dog, or do they simply fill out a form and tick the box next to the appropriate (or inappropriate as the case may be) condition?

I mean, I can pretty much guarantee that if I wanted service dog, I could go out and get one tomorrow. I have no need for one, I get along perfectly without one, but I could get one. And that's sad, and it takes away from the people who legitimately could not survive without one.
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It is sad to see people abuse this, but I make a point to NEVER say anything to the person in question or act odd around them because so many disabilities are hidden. For example, when I bred Mastiffs, one of the puppies from my litter was trained as a service dog for my brother after he got back from Iraq and was diagnosed with PTSD.
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Last year when my granddaughter (6 yrs old) and I went to a Festival, there were a lot of dogs there and she always asked to pet them. When we came across a service dog, I explained to her that he was there for that person and should not be distracted in anyway while working. The man with the dog heard me and came over and thanked me for teaching my granddaughter proper etiquette with a working dog. He also explained how the dog helps him with everyday things. He did allow her to pet his dog. This year at the same Festival, my granddaughter saw a service dog and reminded me not to bother the dog while he was working. Glad she understands the difference and she would always ask to pet a non working dog and know not to bother the working ones.
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@jpcrosby I wish everyone would take the time to teach their kids like you do, I'm sure the ppl who have service dogs would love a world of kids like your granddaughter .
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I'm waiting on getting my official certification / IDs before I bring my ESA anywhere , but I know the ESA title gets abused very often by people who simply want to bring their dog everywhere .

I have a Chiweenie (Chihuahua x Doxie mix) who is soon to be my ESA .

I have Anxiety , Depression , Bipolar Disorder , Panic Attacks , Separation Anxiety , Social Phobia , and Stress issues .

I don't want to have to force him to wear a service dog vest everywhere we go but it looks like I might have to due to all the discrimination I see against people with Service animals with disabilities you cannot see

But with the "You can't have a dog in here" I'll simply flash them his ID and if they question me further I'll hand them his certificate , and if it comes down to it I'm also going to be carrying a printed copy of my rights with a service animal .

Which is sad because I shouldn't have to do that much .
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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.
I am interested to know, while in training, does the dog wear a vest with the cross on it to let people know? I have seen several with this type of vest.

And yes, people are ignorant, even when told it is a service dog.
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I'm waiting on getting my official certification / IDs before I bring my ESA anywhere , but I know the ESA title gets abused very often by people who simply want to bring their dog everywhere .

I have a Chiweenie (Chihuahua x Doxie mix) who is soon to be my ESA .

I have Anxiety , Depression , Bipolar Disorder , Panic Attacks , Separation Anxiety , Social Phobia , and Stress issues .

I don't want to have to force him to wear a service dog vest everywhere we go but it looks like I might have to due to all the discrimination I see against people with Service animals with disabilities you cannot see

But with the "You can't have a dog in here" I'll simply flash them his ID and if they question me further I'll hand them his certificate , and if it comes down to it I'm also going to be carrying a printed copy of my rights with a service animal .

Which is sad because I shouldn't have to do that much .
Unfortunately, Emotional Support Animals do not have public access rights. They do have the right to ride on an airplane with you as long as you have a Doctor's note. You also have the right to equal housing. An apartment complex can't refuse your dog as long as you have the proper paper work.

If you were to train your dog to do certain tasks that mitigate your disability then your dog would fall under Service Dog, not ESA.

Emotional Support Animals (ESA), Therapy Dogs & Rights : Service Dogs of Florida, Inc.
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I am interested to know, while in training, does the dog wear a vest with the cross on it to let people know? I have seen several with this type of vest.

And yes, people are ignorant, even when told it is a service dog.
Geesh!
Most SDIT (Service Dogs In Training) where a vest that says "Service Dog in Training". Also the laws regarding "In Training" dogs vary from state to state. Guide Dog Puppies for the blind usually have the most public access rights. Also in most states, business can refuse to allow an "In Training" especially if the dog is causing a disturbance.
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