Quote:Chloe is being trained through the Orange County HUGS Service & Therapy Dog Group as a General Service Dog, Breed Ambassador, Mobility Assistance, and Home evaluations.
Here in Virginia, our WalMart and some of the other stores also have signs like this. Personally, I think those signs are actually kind of funny. By law, service dogs have to be allowed everywhere the disabled person they work with goes - stores, restaurants, and so on. Posting "Service Dogs Welcome" is like saying "Customers Welcome", it's a given.Quote:I just went to my local Walmart & they had a big sign on the door "Service dogs Welcome"
"PETS"? Hmmm...Originally Posted By: HistorianSpeaking of signs, my favorite "funny" sign is at the local thrift store: "No Pets allowed except Seeing Eye dogs." There's just so much wrong with that that I don't know where to start.
Quote: In South Carolina, a person with a mobility disability was denied access to a restaurant and forced to eat outside because she uses a service animal. The business developed a written policy regarding service animals and added it to the employee manual, trained all managers on ADA requirements, and placed “Service Dogs Welcome” signs in the windows of all three of its restaurants.
I hadn't heard about Chloe, but I'm not that well-informed about SDs, but the site has changed and no longer reads the portion about "will graduate in appx. 2-1/2 years" nor does it say what certification, etc.Originally Posted By: ILGHAUSThis storyline is too confusing to even try to follow. From the owner's website:
Chloe is a very special pit bull that was born at a shelter and has been in some form of training through out her life. She enrolled in a .0Service Dog training and has her Good Canine Certification, Beginning & Intermediate Training Graduate. She is a medium size dog, approx 52 pounds, spayed, born 4/12/06, ... Chloe is being trained through the Orange County HUGS Service & Therapy Dog Group as a General Service Dog, Breed Ambassador, Mobility Assistance, and Home evaluations. Types of mobility assistance training she will be receiving would be: mobility assistance, balance assistance, retrieving and carrying items, closing/opening doors, putting items away, turning on/off lights, etc. She also is a Therapy Dog and helps visit people in the hospitals, and will also try out Rally O competition. Chloe passed the Service Dog evaluation at 5 months that would have been given to dogs 1 year and older (with a glowing review that she was the best evaluation the facilitator had ever had.) She currently is in the service dog program following their strict criteria - 4 formal courses with 6 to 8 week sessions, and field experience covering 3 levels for daily living, entertainment, travel, dining, and training. ... Chloe is enrolled in a professional Service Dog training organizaiton that has stringent evaluation and training criteria we are following and will graduate in approximately 2 1/2 years (no dog is certified under 3 years old).
The ADA does not address the age nor any other qualifiers between a SDIT and a SD. More than one governmental agency oversees different parts of the ADA.Quote:Is there a guideline in the ADA of how old a dog has to be to be a service dog?
I've always been told that a dog does not need to have training from any formal organization to be considered a service dog, so I am not sure where they would make the distinction between "service dog in training" and "service dog"? If the owner/partner calls the dog a "service dog" and the dog is trained to mitigate their disabilities then it is legally a service dog, isn't it?