• February 21, 2017

Woman says public needs to learn proper service dog etiquette

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  • chuntley posted at 5:44 pm on Fri, Sep 7, 2012.

    chuntley Posts: 0

    I absolutely agree. My sister in law has "purchased" a card so that she can carry her mini dachshund everywhere she goes, saying her is a service dog. HE IS NOT! She just doesn't want to leave him at home. This is unacceptable and I wish there was a place to report it. I have seen other people in grocery stores with their "little"dogs in the basket and when questioned by the store, they say that it is a service dog. We all know that they are lying. My understand is that even if it is a "comfort" service dog, the animal still has to be able to perform at least one thing...and I don't mean chasing a ball or dancing in circles, which is all my sister in laws' dog does.

  • Jackie posted at 1:43 pm on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Jackie Posts: 0

    Thank you Bubba. Those were my thoughts exactly! My hope is to make sure the public and people of authority know the laws concerning ALL disabled individuals, including any one else's service dog, my service dog and myself.

  • Bubba posted at 8:24 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Bubba Posts: 844

    People with service dogs have rights. Those in positions requiring interaction with those in need have a duty to know the law and follow it.

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  • Dawn posted at 7:40 am on Thu, Aug 30, 2012.

    Dawn Posts: 64

    Service dogs should be required to wear vests. That way everyone will know without a doubt. Recently I have seen more service dogs than usual around town and they don't have an identifying vest. That concerns me.
    It is very rude to ask about someone's medical condition or distract the dog from their duty by petting or touching. The papers and vest should be enough.