Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: The most beautiful place to starve to death.
Fake Service dogs, ADA, legit working dogs.
As times change, policy will sometimes need to be modified to prevent loopholes and abuse. The nearest city to me is a very popular tourist town near Glacier National Park. Over the years, you would see a few Canadian tourists with papered dogs that were out of control yet allowed into stores, dining establishments and other areas where regular dogs are not allowed.
It seems that every year, more and more people are getting "papers" for their dogs so they can stay in motels, hotels and other places that do not allow dogs. They are abusing the ADA law that allows disabled people to bring their dogs with them for help.
A quick search showed me that you can get an emotional support dog certificate for about 40 bucks online. You can even buy vests and other official looking markings for your dog.
Well, this just isn't right. I understand that there are times that an emotional support dog is beneficial to it's handler. But, this is being abused.
The laws are not clear on who can get a service dog and where they can go. It is wide open for interp. and that is good for the truly disabled but, a loophole for selfish people who just want to take fido into eat with them and don't want to pay cargo fees for a crated dog.
The air industry has pretty good regulations on service animals but in the real world, it can be abused with no reprimand.
What can we do to protect the status of working dogs and keep a good relationship with business owners, the public and people with real disabilities and need a working dog?
Is this a problem in your area? Do you see unmarked lap dogs barking in areas where they are not allowed? It directly interferes with working dogs and their mission.
How can we stop this?
My GSD is smarter than your honor student.