Wow this is an interesting thread. I am not sure my comments are relative because i am not sure how you define a SD ... "
All members are welcome to give their opinion and share their experiences so all are relative.
As far as how a SD is defined: I in my personal non-profit work go with the somewhat more International and definition used by many organizations and some states in speaking in their state statutes with the term Assistance Dog
broken down further into categories.
1) Guide Dogs
2) Hearing Dogs
3) Service Dogs
When posting here I sometimes go back and forth with the terms *Assistance Dogs* and *Service Dogs* to mean the group of dogs trained to mitigate the disability of an individual as a whole.
When speaking of the Dept. of Justice Regulations and many Federal Laws (which base themselves on the ADA and the followup through the DOJ) I speak of Service Dogs as they define in their documents. Now HUD on the other hand talk of Assistance Dogs in their regs on housing issues.
So sometimes you have to inquire exactly what is meant in a discussion. This is a point that I always try to make when giving a public presentation or workshop on these working dogs.
I just wanted to come back and toss some more distractions into this point to make some people more confused. Just kidding but it does start making one wonder sometimes ....
For threads here on this forum just go with the thought that Service Dog
is referring to a dog trained for a PWD and not wonder if it means guide, assistance, medical service etc.