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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-06-2015, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Q&A -- What Can Put A Stop to Faux SDs?

I tend to call them Faux SDs vrs. Fake.

Here in the U.S. it is in large part the Honor System that keeps people (either disabled or non-disabled) from claiming their dog is a SD when it in fact isn't. Oh yes, the old Honor System -- that way of living that sometimes takes a beating or at least a tarnish in some people's lives.

If someone knows how to work the system and decides not to then what is it that keeps them from taking Fluffy to market with them or to an evening of a dinner and a movie?

For the owner -- it is in large part an ethical principle. Some people try to live their life being the best person they can be, some behave only because they have a fear of being caught and humiliated in front of their peers while others don't really care.

In some states now (and more coming on board) it can also be against their state statutes which means breaking a criminal law that could lead to being caught and facing the legal system.

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I guess I just chalk it up to..."rules are for everyone else" mentality. My guess would be...any state which actually deals with "faux SD" cheaters is given a warning. This day and age of self proclaimed "victim" status is becoming rampant along with one of my more favorite excuses/lines I hear all too often....you know.."you just don't get it". Most everyone abusing these type of self policed ( honor system ) rules of conduct are all exceptions....just ask them.

Oh, a $5000 fine and actual verification of SD credentials would put an end to it.


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To add to TJ's topic "and not infringe on the rights of those with legitimate SD?"

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How are the rights of those with a valid SD being infringed upon.????

I am asking to gather knowledge....not to cause conflict.


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I guess I just chalk it up to..."rules are for everyone else" mentality. My guess would be...any state which actually deals with "faux SD" cheaters is given a warning. This day and age of self proclaimed "victim" status is becoming rampant along with one of my more favorite excuses/lines I hear all too often....you know.."you just don't get it". Most everyone abusing these type of self policed ( honor system ) rules of conduct are all exceptions....just ask them.

Oh, a $5000 fine and actual verification of SD credentials would put an end to it.


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<< this is perfect

This happens a lot around where I live. People walk around everywhere with, like, Chihuahuas in service vests and they claim that they're a service dog because they're making people happy when they see the dog.
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I am truly sorry that people have ruined it for those who truly have SDs. I truly am. But I feel that those who abuse the system should pay. The only way that I can see that happening is to make it more difficult to fake or faux your way through the system.

Using the process along the same lines as handicapped parking. You apply for the right to park in the handicapped space. If you do not have that right and you park there, you and fined heavily ($500 in some areas of Texas!).
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I also think that a Service Dog is a medical requirement. It should be prescribed by a physician and therefore insurance should pay for it. Just as they would pay for medication or medical equipment.
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I guess I just chalk it up to..."rules are for everyone else" mentality.
That's what I've seen.

I've paid to take a small animal on a plane. I called the airline, made the reservation, paid the fee, and got a list of things they needed me to have in order for him to fly. I took him to the vet and paid for the exam and health certificate.

Someone my husband knows came close to proposing that she take her small dog on a plane as a "service dog" so she wouldn't have to pay. I let her know in no uncertain terms that this would be a really bad thing to do. It was humorous trying to watch her backpedal. Total "rules are for others" outlook.
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I work in an intensive care unit at a hospital. One woman wanted to bring her SD in. The dog would not even sit at her command...

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While out and about with my SDiT, I've encountered a number of dogs behaving inappropriately, that were labelled as service dogs.

Lunging, barking, growling at my dog... Not ok.
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