Service animal misconceptions...A FAQ post -WARNING- Dogs.
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There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about what a service dog can and can not do.
1. Can I register my cat as a service animal? No. There is no such thing as a "service cat" or a "service monkey". Service animals are limited to Dogs and Mini horses (which is still kind of cool).
2. I saw someone with a dog in a store but they didn't look blind. What's up with that? Service dogs can be used for everything from blindness to PTSD to Epilepsy. It is a common misconception that every service dog is a "seeing eye dog"
3.What breeds can be service dogs? All of them. It depends on the service that they are supposed to carry out. Common breeds are Labs, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, but Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Bully Breeds are becoming increasingly Popular as service dogs.
4. I registered my dog as an Emotional Support animal...can I bring him into stores? No. The ADA does not recognize Emotional Support Animals as service animals. However, you can keep him in your apartment even if there is a "no pets" policy as per the Fair Housing Act. Also service dogs are licensed by your city, not registered.
5. Do I have to allow a service dog in my store? Yes. But if the dog is disruptive or appears untrained you have every right to ask the handler to remove the dog.
6. Do I have to allow a service dog in my home? No. Just like you don't have to invite people to your home. Your home is private property, you can let whoever you want in there.
7. I have allergies and someone at my job/school/church as a service dog. Can I make them leave the dog at home? No. According to the ADA "Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals." But accommodations should be made to make both of your days as pleasant as possible.
8. Service dogs never play with their owner. They are working all the time...Right? No. Service dogs are still dogs. Most enjoy a game of fetch in the backyard or a leisurely walk around the park as much as the next dog. As soon as their vest or collar comes off, they are pretty indistinguishable from pet dogs, only better trained.
9. How long does it take to train a service dog? It takes about 18 months - 2 years to train a service dog for most tasks.
10. Can I pet them? Depends on where you are and if the handler allows it. Obviously petting a dog in the market is a bad idea, but if you are at a special event it could be appropriate. The tupe of service the dog is providing is important too.
Well there it is... Bash away anons, I know you are going to. I'm not going to read it.. but you are going to.