Recently I viewed a video of a man with a service dog who was arrested by police. I am not going to go into great detail about it but in short it was not because the man was falsifying a service dog or anything like that, it was because he was swearing at the Cops. They approached him about his service dog, he explained the ADA rules to them and then went on to swear at them because they did not know the laws.
I may upset a few people here by saying this, but I do not feel this was proper behavior for this Service Dog owner. By swearing at the Cops they had every right to immediately deem him as a threat.
This video I watched is not the first video depicting Service Dog owners acting this way. I have seen many many videos depicting Service Dog owners slinging fowl mouthed words at people who confront them about their Service Dogs. Is this a good representation of all Service Dog owners? No it is not.
Service Dog owners are getting more and more of a bad rap due to the fact that there are getting to be more and more fake service dogs out there. We people who have honest to goodness Service Dogs need to represent ourselves as responsible upstanding individuals. I am not saying not to stand up for your rights as a service dog owner. What I am suggesting is that you don’t look like a jackass while doing so.
YouTube is very large and the videos are viral. It’s on YouTube that I see these videos. And people that post them are posting them to make a statement. But it happens to be the wrong statement. For those of us that have had confrontations while out with our service dogs, these videos are of frustrations that we understand. However the rest of the public may very well view it differently. And I am afraid they will view it as that people with Service Dogs are trouble makers and the public should be leery of them.
Please do your best to conduct yourself, the best you can, in a professional manner, when confronted by someone about your Service Dog. Remember…when you are in the public’s eye, your actions represent every Service Dog owner out there.
Sussie and PTSD Service Dog “Gunny”