Service Dogs are the constant companions, loyal to their owners, and offering invaluable assistance to those with physical and mental challenges.
Unfortunately, society is still overloaded with wrong impressions about services dogs and their significance. In this article, we will address some of the common misconceptions and put them right.
Service dogs and Emotional support dogs are the same
Service dogs need to be certified
Service dogs are only for visually or hearing-impaired individuals
Not every breed can be a service dog
Service dogs have to work all the time
You can pet a service dog when the handler is not looking
Service dogs can identify people carrying drugs
Service dogs can be trained in a few months
Businesses can ask for service dog certification
- Is the animal there due to disability?
- What tasks is the dog trained to perform?
Beyond this, they cannot enquire about the specified disability or any documentation.
Businesses cannot ask individuals with service dogs to leave
Businesses are entitled to request any customer to leave if the dog is not behaving properly, being aggressive, or is not housetrained.
The best you can do for service animals and their handlers is to leave them alone. They are only trying to go about their business and would like to do so without any interruptions or distractions.