The definition of a “service dog” is an animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. We’re talking about a legitimate disability and no, moderate anxiety from time to time doesn’t count.
A new trend among dog owners is becoming a huge problem for people with real disabilities and real service dogs. People are buying certificates online for fairly cheap and overnight their regular dogs become service animals. These dog owners want to take their family pets everywhere and now they can do it with a click of a button.
People with real disabilities need their service animal to live regular, functional lives. They have to take their dog on an airplane, in a restaurant and at the store to operate properly. They aren’t taking their dog along because they feel bad leaving them at home and because they’re basically “like a person.”
So what’s the big deal about fake service dogs anyway?
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Real service dogs are trained to be in public. They stay cool, calm and collected and would NEVER bite another dog, cause a scene or pee in a grocery store. They’re trained to be there. Other, regular dogs can probably will do all of these things. This creates a huge issue for real service dogs. Not only is it dangerous for them and the general public, it’s negatively impacting the overall opinion and support of service animals. It’s just not cool, okay? What do you think we can do to stop this epidemic?
Watch these certified service dogs below to learn why we love them!