the vests are easy to get, there is a place online that you can fill out the form, even say your dog is trained and has been looked at by a vet, check the boxes and "presto" your dog can get a vest and is a service dog. There is a mom and her daughter that got a rescue dog, did this exact thing and proceeded to take this dog into the grocery store, restuarants and every place dogs are not normally allowed. The daughter did not need this dog, but her "disability" was she did not make friends well and this dog made it easy to get friends. When asked to leave with the dog, she would threaten to sue with the disability act and service dogs. the vest was for real, but the group giving the vests was a joke, no dog should be a service dog without the proper training and this group was able to "register" service dogs once the online form was filled out.
On a lighter note,since this town is small, everyone knows I am a vet tech, groomer and train and show dogs. So I was in the grocery store and a lady who has a Maltese came up to me and said" how do I make my maltese a service dog". I told her that the dog needs lots of training(she failed obedience class with her) needs to pass a fairly stringent amount of testing to be classified as a service dog. I asked her what type of service dog she wanted and this is what she told me. Please sit down and don't have anything in your mouth while reading this:. Totally serious she said" I have asthma and was told by a vet in another town that Maltese were bred to be good for asthma sufferers because they had a HOLE in the top of their skulls and when you are having an asthma attack you squeeze the dogs chest and a puff of special substance comes out the hole and you breathe it in and then your attack goes away.
I about peed my pants when she told me this, but I calmly stated that this would not be possible as a hole in the dogs skull into the brain would kill it. I explained it was not possible at all, that the only thing that a maltese had going for it for asthma was if you happened to be allergic to the dander or hair of dogs since Maltese don't shed. I did tell her, if she did not believe me, to call the vet where I worked, which she did and sadly found out that Maltese do not have holes in their head to poof out powder to help asthma attacks.