I don't like it when I see a dog with a 'service dog' vest that obviously isn't. It's one thing if they're in a public area anyways, but it really bothers me when I see someone slap a vest on their pet just to bring them into a restaurant while they eat or something. I just think those people are taking advantage.
I'm going to school for vet tech and I commute and am away from home for 10+ hours a day, so when it's ok with professors, I ask if I can bring Aiden. He just sleeps the whole time anyways, but I put on a vest without any labeling (mostly because the sight of a vest alone deters most people from getting all over Aiden and petting him without asking), and if people ask what he's doing there or why, I just say that he's there for socializing and training. I'd like to get patches that say "in training' or 'do not pet' but I won't get one that says 'service dog'. I don't mislead and tell people he's a working service dog when he isn't. I just got lucky in that my professors allow me to bring him with me to campus. It's generally pretty pet friendly with the whole vet tech program anyways.
Feuergarten German Shepherds
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