The Issue of Fake Service Dogs
Most people who want to own a service dog want one because of their companionship. If you’ve ever been to a restaurant with one, you’ll notice how they’re treated with deference; they’re not allowed in ladies’ rooms or the front of any store. Many people want to be able to do this, too, so they get a dog and enter their dog into the service dog program—thereby obtaining a certificate that says their dog can be a service dog. However, some dogs aren’t suitable for this work. If you’re considering owning a service dog, you should know what to look for before you adopt a dog.
You know that these guys are amazing for those of you who have seen service dogs in action. They are trained to assist people with disabilities in areas such as anxiety, depression, and more.
There are a lot of misconceptions about service dogs in general and about what constitutes a real service dog. Since the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was passed, there has been a lot of confusion about what is allowed. It seems that there are lots of companies out there that claim to be able to train dogs to be service dogs, but in reality, these companies simply aren’t trained in the proper techniques. It is the responsibility of the person with a disability to see that their dog is trained to the best of their ability. If a dog is found to be a fake, then the dog’s owner must deal with the consequences, not the owner of the fake service dog.
Service Dogs are a valuable, helping force that can greatly improve the quality of life for many, especially those with disabilities. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people have begun impersonating these animals to obtain services they are not entitled to. A service dog should be an obvious, easy-to-recognize animal and should never be mistaken for a pet or family pet. This has happened with the increasing frequency of fraud, and most recently, a recent incident in Chicago which involved several service dogs. The dogs were only discovered to be frauds after a photo of the actual dog was published on social media.
The more people learn about the individual work of service dogs, the more they condemn the issues of fake service dogs. A service dog is trained to perform the tasks that relate to its handler, like alerting to an upcoming seizure.
Recently, a heart-breaking situation in the news has caused many to ask questions about fake service dogs. The story, which appeared in the Washington Post and The New York Times, concerns a dog that was only pretending to be a service dog and had no real training to perform tasks such as controlling seizures.
However, someone can try their best to turn a shelter dog into a service dog, and still, without top training, the dog may not always behave perfectly in public. Some of these dogs might be the ones we judge as fake service dogs.
In the last few years, there has been an increasing trend of fake service dogs. These are dogs that have been trained to do the things that a service dog is trained to do but generally do not meet the requirements for such a title. These dogs are often a cost-effective substitute for a real service dog. This trend is becoming more prevalent and is a big concern for the people who have a genuine need for a service dog.
There is a growing number of stories of people in public claiming to be service dogs when they are not. These dogs who can’t do anything to help their handlers do not have the same rights as a real service dog. These dogs are not legally allowed to accompany their handlers in public places and require their handlers to be very careful while out. These dogs are often not house trained and are not allowed to accompany their handlers on trips. These fake service dogs are causing a lot of distress to their handlers and the public in general.