Service Dogs Essay

2476 Words Jun 22nd, 2016 10 Pages
Centralized training and registration for Service Dogs
Dessie Marek

In today’s evolving society, there is more mobility that ever for people with disabilities. One of the things that allows this to happen is the use of service animals. Problems however arise when people try to cheat the system. Attempts to pass off pets as service animals, improperly trained animals, and businesses with lack of knowledge on laws all contribute to ongoing frustrations. The need for a centralized training standard as well as government registration and regulation of service animals is clear and immediate. If standards can be established within breeding clubs for “Good Citizen” training, then it can be done for service dogs. Then, once
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(U.S. Department of Justice, 2011) That is where the specifics stop, however. There is no defined training standard; just the requirement that the dog be somehow trained. Any American with a disability can Train their dog in some way and just bring them out as a service dog. It then goes on to state that service dogs must be allowed to accompany their owners at all times. Businesses are only allowed to make limited inquiries into the validity of a service dog and cannot ask for any kind of proof. The law also provides loopholes to many pet clauses in housing and hotel contracts. This is important as many disabled people live in specialty housing that would otherwise not allow pets. This loophole is also one of the reasons people are more likely to not be fully truthful about their dogs status. The law does state that impersonation of a service dog is a felony. However, since it is next to impossible to prove an animal not to be a service dog under this law, it is very hard to convict someone under the impersonation clause. (U.S. Department of Justice, 2011) The second part of that requirement gets even more tricky Performing tasks for their disabled owner. This is where service dogs get further defined. There are actually two types of support dogs out there; service dogs and assistance dogs. Service dogs go everywhere with you

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