|08-27-2013 02:46 AM|
I think this has pretty much been covered, but as an active service dog user, I wanted to add a few things.
As others have said, if you are not disabled, you can't have a service dog and it is wrong to pass your dog off as one just to take him everywhere with you. I think that's been covered and is pretty obvious, but let me explain a little it more into the why of it.
Personally, I have no problem with people taking their dogs everywhere. I"m always thrilled whenever I learn I'm in a pet-friendly business, even though my dog is allowed to go into all business. I love dogs. I love having them around. I love when they are welcome.
But they are not welcome everywhere, and some busines owners, unfortunately, wish service dogs weren't welcome either.
By law, business owners are not supposed to ask for "proof" of a dog's service. All they are legally allowed to ask is "is your dog a service dog?" and if hte answer is yes, they have to leave you alone and allow you in. UNLESS the dog is misbehaving, poorly groomed, or smells bad - in which case, they can ask even a service dog to leave.
Many businesses already don't fllow these rules. Recently I was being harrassed by a fellow patron at a movie theater claiming I wasn't blind because "I had expression" on my face. And therefore, my dog wasn't a service dog. My dog was very well behaved, never came close to this woman, and the theater, at first, had no issue with me being there. But when this woman started throwing a fit and harassing me, I was the one who was asked for ID and asked to prove my dog was a service dog. Even though I had done NOTHING wrong, I had the burden of proof against this woman who was harassing me and causing a disturbance at the theater.
Sadly, a lot of people are passing their dogs off as service dogs when they are not. And this is getting business owners attention and giving them a reason to be more suspicious of service dogs and to be more aggressive toward real service dog users.
The more attention people who pass off fake service dogs get and the more wide spread the problem becomes, the more businesses are likely to push for stronger laws regarding real service dogs.
So basically, not only is passing off a dog as a service dog when it is not very wrong, but it can also lead to issues for real disabled people. Those of us who face discrimination and suspicion every single day because of a few people cheating hte system.
|08-21-2013 10:40 PM|
|08-21-2013 12:04 PM|
With the information that you gave later ie. you are not disabled, there is no way that you can legally claim your dog is a Service Dog. If you tried you would be doing exactly what you mention at the beginning of your first post: " ... these people are doing a grave disservice to people who legitimately require canine assistance."
|08-21-2013 11:55 AM|
Emotional Support Animal -- Dog (ESA/ESD)
If a doctor determines that a patient with a disabling mental illness would benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal, the doctor [can] write letters supporting a request by the patient to keep the ESA in "no pets" housing or to travel with the ESA in the cabin of an aircraft.
ESAs are not task trained like service dogs are. In fact little training at all is required so long as the animal is reasonably well behaved by pet standards.
The section of the above quote that goes with this discussion is, " ... to travel with the ESA in the cabin of an aircraft."
The above quote and more can be found at
Emotional Support Animals | Service Dog Central
|08-21-2013 11:36 AM|
Therapy Dogs can have notes written by a multitude of doctors but they are not allowed any special treatment not given to any other pet dog.
Therapy Dogs are pet dogs.
Therapy Dogs are not prescribed by a doctor.
Therapy Dogs are not a type of Service Dog.
Therapy Dogs are not Emotional Support Dogs.
Therapy Dogs are not legally defined by federal law. Therapy Dogs are usually the personal pets of their handlers and while working with their handlers as a team provide services to others.
|08-21-2013 06:05 AM|
|08-20-2013 11:54 PM|
From servicedogcentral.org on flying with an emotional support animal:
"The final rule limits use of emotional support animals to persons with a diagnosed mental or emotional disorder, and the rule permits carriers to insist on recent documentation from a licensed mental health professional to support the passenger’s desire to travel with such an animal. In order to permit the assessment of the passenger’s documentation, the rule permits carriers to require 48 hours’ advance notice of a passenger’s wish to travel with an emotional support animal."
|08-20-2013 11:51 PM|
Only true service dogs are required to be allowed to ride in the cabin.
SAR dogs, celebrity dogs, emotional assistance dogs, MAY be allowed to fly in the cabin, at the discretion of first, the airline, and second, the pilot.
My USAR dogs fly in the cabin for training and deployment(though deployment flights are not always commercial ) most of the time the Captain comes over to introduce himself and meet my dog. He can make the decision, right up until take off, whether or not my dog is allowed in the cabin.
If you don't need a service dog, don't pretend to have one. It's wrong. Even if you get the necessary training and " certificates" don't pass a dog off just because you want to be able to take your dog places. It's immoral.
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|08-20-2013 11:40 PM|
|08-20-2013 10:51 PM|
|doggiedad||do you really need a service dog?|
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