Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Where is the dog kept during class and how did it manage to poop and then drag the leash through the poop? During a class the dog should be a down, and not get up much less be able to poop, and then I don't understand how the dog would have managed to drag the leash through the poop and around the room unless the dog was just wandering about and not being held by the girl. This definitely sounds like a situation where its not a true SD.
I've also never heard of an environmental sensitivity dog. It sounds like it would be a type of alert dog, such as alerting about environmental allergens.. But in that case the dog would be referred to as a medical alert dog.
He can ask what tasks the dog does to mitigate her disability, but cannot ask what her disability is. He cannot ask her to present any type of certification or service dog ID according to federal law. Under federal law owner trained SDs are accepted and would not have certification since they did not come from a training organization.
He CAN ask the dog to leave if the dog is causing a disturbance. Pooping inside and then dragging a leash through it would probably cause a disturbance... And the dog must be under the control of the handler at all times, if the dog is being allowed to wander about or the leash isn't being held something is seriously wrong.
In a situation such as a SD relieving themselves indoors, the handler is required to clean up the mess unless their disability prevents them from being able to do so (such as a guide dog having an accident, but the loss of eye sight preventing the handler to be able to clean up the mess.) I'm appalled at the behavior of just leaving the mess. One time Tessa vomited up a bit of water on the floor at subway, I was mortified and was going to clean it up myself (after rushing her outside to make sure if she still had to vomit it happened outdoors, my ex was standing over the spot) but the employee grabbed the mop and told me to not worry about it.
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Last edited by Lin; 02-18-2011 at 12:24 AM.