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Disability Action Center NW

THE PROBLEM WITH FAKE SERVICE DOGS

At our recent event, a woman with a dog in a service vest was very noticeable. The dog would engage aggresively with any dog that walked by and even with people on bikes. Obviously this is NOT a trained service dog. Real service dogs are painstakingly trained to be docile and never become aggressive. Untrained dogs can instinctively bark at and attack service dogs, but the service dogs will not bark or fight back.

Questions about service dogs is one of our most common from the general public. And it’s instances like the above that prompt them.

We explain they are not required to wear a vest, these can be bought easily on the internet. But instead, the dog should always be quiet and under control, what we call four on the floor. Never jumping up or being aggressive. And the disability does not have to be visible to require a service dog. Simply ask if the dog is required because of a disability, and if it is behaving well, you are good. You may ask a poorly behaving dog to wait outside.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU THINK!

“My service dog means I am never alone with my demons ” ~ Anonomous