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Pets posing as service dogs make life tough for people who really need animals’ help

by Sue on December 11, 2013

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From the time they’re puppies, service dogs are rigorously trained to help those who need them most. They can get into places where no pets are allowed.

The dogs are identified by the vest they wear. But since it’s not illegal to buy these vets, it’s easy for anyone to go online and obtain a vest for their animal.

Susan Lee Vick, director of Canine Companions for Independence, demonstrated how easy it is to obtain one. “There’s a real faux official quality to this, you know?” she said, showing a photo of a tiny dog wearing a service vest. “This is Bambi; Bambi’s new service dog vest!”

She said it never occurred to advocates for the disabled that the vests would be misused.

“There was never any vision of this outcome, this just sort of explosion of the ‘have a vest, wear a vest, go anywhere you want with your pet,’ no one saw that,” Vick said.

Peter Morgan has a spinal disorder that makes it nearly impossible for him to bend. He teaches kids with special needs, with his service dog Echuka constantly at the ready. His disability isn’t very obvious to strangers. Morgan says no one had ever doubted his need for a service dog — until recently.

“The last two years, it’s become very prevalent. The questioning, the looks. It’s been a radical shift,” he said.

And now he sees fake service dogs in places where pets aren’t normally allowed. At a recent dinner out, Morgan said, there was another dog in the restaurant.

“Even to the casual observer you could tell it was not a service dog,” Morgan said. “It had a vest. It was eating off the floor, licking people, lunging at people.”

Then, Morgan said, the dog’s owner pulled him aside.

“And he started saying, ‘It’s really neat that we can bring these dogs in here and get away with it because, you know, my dog’s not a service dog and neither is yours.’ And I just turned to him and I said, ‘You have absolutely no idea what you’re doing,’ ” Morgan said.

There’s a growing call to penalize people who try to pass off their pets as service dogs. But few agree on how it should be enforced.

Advocates for the disabled say the problem may just be ignorance.

“They don’t realize the harm that they are doing,” Vick said of the impostors. “Bringing your pet dog out into a public place harms that person with a disability’s right to live a free and independent life.”

Morgan says he’s been kicked out of restaurants when other dogs act up because people suspect his service dog is a fake.

“The people that are actually doing this should really take a long deep breath and think about how they’re affecting less abled people than themselves,” he said.

That, he said, would provide the most valuable service.



NOTE FROM SUSSIE: How can they enforce it? For the ADA/DOJ to allow companies like ourselves to ask for a Doctor’s note before we sell them a product. Until that happens, our hands are tied.


Ebay Seller Encouraging Fraudulent Service Dogs

by Sue on August 10, 2011

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There are only two things I can add to this.

#1 The seller is making all service dog owners look bad.

#2 Just because they SAY they are in Seattle, does not mean that they are. You can say your from anywhere when you sell on eBay.

Sussie, Gunny (Ret.) and Rainy

P.S. Just for kicks, I did a search for this product on eBay and it has been removed.


Fake Service Dogs – Unethical or Responsible Pet Care? – TheBark

by Spot on November 3, 2009

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I thought my readers would be interested in this article posted at TheBark

Playing service dog to travel first class.

The legitimacy and training of service dogs has come up a lot recently, and many of the cases do not have clear solutions. But what about when someone is consciously taking advantage of the privileges granted to service dogs?

With the USDAA Cynosport World Games coming up in Scottsdale, Ariz., I’ve been talking to many of the local competitors about how they’re traveling with their dogs. Some are caravanning in their RVs and others are reluctantly putting their pups in cargo.

One of the more seasoned competitors mentioned that while she dutifully puts her dogs in cargo, she always sees fellow competitors passing their pups off as service dogs on the plane.

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Should states license Service Animals??? New Service Animal Laws???

by Spot on August 21, 2009

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A recent article in the Statesman Journal suggest that all service animals should be licensed by the state and properly identified much like handicapped parking tags are issued. Read the article below and then come back here and make your voice heard by posting a comment below.

State should license dogs that assist… – Statesman Journal

Should your service animal have to be licensed??? Comment now


Certified Service Dog Scams

by Spot on July 29, 2009

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Nothing ticks me off more than the scum-bag companies that have popped up to “Certify” your pet as a service dog. I makes me mad for several reasons:

  • They “Register” your pet by taking your money. There is no training, no verification, no one even sees your dog, all you need is an open wallet.
  • The amount they charge to “Certify” your dog can be as much as $250 – and what do you get for that money – a certificate they print on an inkjet printer, a cheap laminated tag that they also print on their inkjet printer, a cheap vest worth at most $20 and a couple of patches worth less than $10 that aren’t even sewn on the vest.
  • These scum-bag companies will ruin the credibility of real service dog owners. Eventually the airlines and businesses will get sick of seeing these purse pets with vest and tell everyone to take a hike.

I know I’m ranting but these companies are just out to make a buck at the expense of real service dog owners. What’s worse is they go out of their way to make themselves sound official and as though they are somehow a government agency.

You’ve noticed that I haven’t named any of these registration services directly here. The reason is because people are inadvertently promoting these companies, here’s how – if you do a search for the names of these registration services on the internet what you will find is that what comes up is people complaining about what these companies are doing. The problem is that Google and the other search engines aren’t smart enough to know that those post are complaints. Google only know that link is talking about certified service dogs and moves that companies site up in the rankings. If you are going to complain about a company never include a direct link back to them, it’s just free publicity.

I’ll step down off my soapbox for now. If you agree or disagree with me then let me know you’re alive and post a comment below. The more comments we get then the better Google likes it and others may avoid this scam.


It get’s worse, check out this other site I just found

  • A Lifetime Service Dog Identification Card (renewal fee of $50 per year for yearly picture update of your service animal)
  • Service animal vest
  • Service animal “Please don’t pet me I’m working” and “Ask to pet me I’m friendly” patches (we do not sew patches to vest)
  • “Service Animal” patch (we do not sew patches to vest)
  • “Critical Information Everyone Should Know About Service Animals” brochure
  • A referral for a consultation with a licensed physician (done through teleconferencing)
  • Support from Beverly Hills law firm against any instance of discrimination against you or your service animal
  • US Service Dogs refer a friend brochures ($50 paid for every referral)

This identification package is available for $365.

I guess they didn’t feel like $250 would be be enough :mad:


Trained canines help people with autism – Owen Sound Sun Times

by Spot on March 25, 2009

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Trained canines help people with autism Owen Sound Sun Times, Canada 31, 2009 my daughter and her service dog were refused entry to a local store, the reason they gave was that “only guide dogs allowed.” My daughter Nyla Wilde has autism. Along with her sensory system creating havoc on her awareness it also causes great …

Trained canines help people with autism – Owen Sound Sun Times

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Rescue dog is trained to assist disabled owner – Berrows Journal

by Spot on March 24, 2009

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Rescue dog is trained to assist disabled owner Berrows Journal, UK The pair are currently the only UK-based members of Service Dogs America and last week Arrow officially became a fully-qualified assistance dog by gaining his service dog certificate. Chris Slight, Dogs Trust Evesham centre manager, said: “We’re really …

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Is a 'Comfort Dog' a Service Dog? – Mariners blog

by Spot on March 21, 2009

Listen to this Post. Powered by Mariners blog Is a ‘Comfort Dog’ a Service Dog ? Mariners blog We, at Delta Society, have been receiving an increase in inquiries from people with psychiatric concerns whose doctors have prescribed they keep a pet with them to calm anxiety or provide needed emotional support. They call when they are denied access …

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Ruby the service dog in running for Milk-Bone award – Forest Lake Times

by Spot on March 18, 2009

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Ruby the service dog in running for Milk-Bone award Forest Lake Times, MN - 5 hours ago She is now a certified service dog and makes regular visits to area nursing homes, bringing smiles to the seniors she encounters. There were also plenty of …

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Flying with FiFi? Better read this first! –

by Spot on February 20, 2009

Listen to this Post. Powered by Flying with FiFi? Better read this first! However, because people have tried to pass off their pet dogs as service dogs in order to have them in the cabin instead of in the cargo hold, the captain of the flight has the authority to ask the service dog’s owner to demonstrate the dog’s service …

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