Above is a great article/video about the service dog industry and the fact that it lacks oversight. I completely AGREE! Too often people DO just slap a vest on an untrained, out of control, stressed out dog and call it a "service dog" in order to take it places with them where it certainly should NOT go.
I also agree that there SHOULD be some kind of regulatory testing that takes place, even when someone chooses to train their own service dog. I still think that people should be allowed to train their own service dog to meet their own needs, however; even self-trained service dogs need some kind of oversight. This would, at the very least STOP those despicable people who think it's ok to just toss a vest on their dog and call it a service dog.
Secondly, a FAKE service dog is NOT properly trained, neither is the handler. Therefore, and I've had it happen to me and my real service dog, handlers of FAKE service dogs think it's ok for them to let their little faker right in your real service dog's face, while your dog is performing duties...working! The fake handlers say stupid things upon doing that, like, "Let's let them say hi...." or "Look they can work together!" FAKE handlers with FAKE service dogs have no understanding about how these type of distractions can really cause serious problems for a real service dog and REAL handler. Also, FAKE handlers with FAKE service dogs have a tendency to choose breeds of dogs that have a tendency toward aggression, and without training or proper control can easily ruin a REAL service dog and cause early retirement to a REAL service dog, as they tend to attack any and everything, bark like mad demons at people and REAL service dogs, and just wreak havoc. Those are the people that are FAKING being disabled and having a FAKE service dog for the purpose of making some sort of "statement" to the general public about a certain breed of dog. Yes, pit bull lovers/disability fakers, that one is for you!
Third, whether people like to believe it or not, those who are really disabled and have REAL service dogs are often looked down upon when entering certain establishments with their REAL service dogs, and that's because of the FAKERS. It's because the owners or managers of those establishments have "had it" with having to let the FAKE service dogs and FAKE disabled handlers into their establishments without being able to do anything about it, because of the way the Federal law is written in this department and because there is NO OVERSIGHT in the service dog department. Therefore, when a truly disabled person comes walking in with their REAL service dog, the manager sees them and what goes through his/her head? "Here we go again......another untrained FAKE service dog!"
So in case readers of this post were not aware of the problems caused by FAKERS, this will give you a start in understanding. Also, it's not just the FAKERS we need to be concerned about.....
The problem with lack of oversight in the service dog arena is also an issue for those who sometimes, not always, choose to train their own service dogs and don't do it right. There are people who may truly be disabled and are honestly attempting to train their service dog themselves, that really don't understand the laws about service dogs, or the basic training rules, the dog's stress signals,
etc. There are also organizations out there, I'm sure, that claim to know and don't, and that don't do a very good job training. So that can also be a problem as well.
Essentially, the service dog arena desperately NEEDS oversight. We need some sort of Federal or even local institution that can truly verify that a handler is indeed disabled by law and that their service dog is appropriately trained to perform tasks necessary to assist the handler, and that the dog can always pass the public access test.
The reasons I've mentioned above are only a few reasons, I'm certain, of the need for this type of oversight. It's not that the Federal government doesn't know about the FAKERS....they know. They also have looked into a way to put a stop to it, without infringing on the rights of the truly disabled.....this is an extremely difficult dilemma. If they could find a way to create strict oversight for the service dog realm, without infringing on the rights of the truly disabled, I'm sure it would've been done by now. We need to help them find a way. Those of us who are truly disabled, need to be flexible about what we're willing to tolerate in terms of rules and regulations, so that the FAKERS can be ruled OUT!
I also want to post these new articles about MORE Service Dogs being attacked by loose dangerous dogs, Pit Bulls. These attacks are only becoming more and more frequent and are extremely traumatic for the handlers and their service/guide dogs alike. THESE ATTACKS MUST STOP!
PEOPLE PLEASE! KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEASH, ESPECIALLY YOUR PIT BULLS, AND KEEP THEM OUT OF THE WAY OF SERVICE AND GUIDE DOGS!
IF YOU CANNOT CONTROL YOUR DANGEROUS DOG, DON'T HAVE ONE!!!!!