This week we’re going to delve into the service dog industry to try to better understand the process, and the role these dogs play in the lives of those who depend on them. Also, a very hot topic in today's news: The faking of service dogs…Who does it hurt when you pass your pet off as a service dog when it' isn't? Are people taking advantage of the lack of regulations in the industry in order to get their dogs easily onto airplanes and into restaurants? How do you feel about this?
A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities. A service dog is a dog trained to do specific TASKS for a person.
The number one objective of a person seeking a service dog is INDEPENDENCE.
Service Dogs are protected under the 1990 Code of Federal Regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which grants specific rights and prohibits discrimination related to service dogs. This legislation provides access to service animals working with their humans in any area where the public is permitted. This law does not require any certification. Also, businesses are very limited in what they can do if they suspect a dog is not a service dog. Many owners are now taking advantage of this loophole in the ADA and claiming their dogs are service dogs when they are not.
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