My new Service Dog

Discussion in 'Working and Companion Animals' started by topofmountain, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. topofmountain

    topofmountain Well-Known Member

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    This is Miss Molly. We rescued her from an animal shelter. I have been looking for a dog to train for service to replace my last service dog who died at the end of last year. She is learning quickly. She surprises me many times. Miss Molly.jpg
     
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  2. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    So happy you found the right dog for your needs!
     

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    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Any videos of your training that dog? :)
     
  4. topofmountain

    topofmountain Well-Known Member

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    No. Her training is on the job training. I don't own a video or do that. I barely can use a flip phone to text.
     
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    Well hello Miss Molly! Looks like a sweet girl
     
  6. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    She's adorable. What kind of service dog is she?
     
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    A few years back, we'd know it was a Leader Dog for a blind person. Later, we had dogs trained to detect a person about to have a seizer. More recently we have internet sites that issue certificates for service dogs because taking the dog to the grocery store reduces panic attack or some such reason.
    You don't rescue a dog from a shelter, you adopt him. Is she spayed? In Michigan, adoptions from Animal Shelters requires they be spayed or neutered.
     
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    Good luck with her. She looks like a winner!
     
  9. Lisa in WA

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    You're not kidding. On the ferry from Mackinaw Island two middle aged people got on with a huge German Shepard. One of the biggest I've ever seen, with an Emotional Support Animal vest and the little medallion and what not. The same exact one anyone can order right off the internet with no proof of anything. Dog apparently didn't like where they wanted him to sit with them so he simply hopped over the seats to the (luckily empty) row behind and stretched out across five seats. They simply let the leash drop and ignored him. Kids and other pets all over the boat. And a huge dog who didn't obey simple commands left to his own devices.

    I have no problems with real service dogs but people are getting hurt by the fake ones. Some guy had his emotional support pit bull on a major airline and it attacked the man sitting in the window seat. Went right after his face. This is a ridiculous situation and bound to get worse.
     
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    One of my friends has a corgi. She travels to Florida in the winter and back to Michigan for the summer. She got a mail order service dog certificate and vest for her dog so he could travel with her on the plane. She was amazed at how easy it was, no confirmation of basic training or that the human had any need for a service dog. Her dog is well trained and well behaved, but I agree there ought to be some sort of regulation. A canine good citizen at the very least.
     
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    Yup. Well behaved, trained to sit and shake hands and a great canine citizen. But a dog with bogus credentials.
     
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    Went to a fair recently, and the rules were stated everywhere, absolutely no dogs allowed. For good reason, if you are showing animals at a fair, the last thing those animals need is another predator to be scared of. But the rules made an exception for service dogs. Every kind of dog imaginable was there. Even saw some off leash. I just hate it for the people that might have a legitimate need for a service dog, because it's all bound to come crashing down sooner or later. Just a matter of time before enough screw ups take place with fake service dogs. I can see seeing eye dogs, or the ones that alert to an impending medical condition, but if you have a dog that calms you when your PTSD from working at the post office kicks in, maybe staying away from large social events would help your PTSD.
     
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    I get real upset with people pretending to have Service Dogs.
    Yes she is spayed. Yes she has been Vet checked & is up to date with all her required shots etc. She is registered with the the Animal Control in the County we live. She is being trained as a Mobility Dog.
    I owned a Service Dog for 6 years. He passed in Dec of 2016 of cancer. I had him professionally trained & was involved with all of his training. Because of that & the years of working with animals I decided to train this dog myself. As a disabled person the ADA allows that. If you know anything about a Service Dog they have to meet a certain level of criteria to even be considered for training. One they must get along with ALL people & DOGS. They don't pull on a leash & bark at other dogs or people. They must be in control at all times. The list goes on.

    EMOTIONAL DOGS are not legal SERVICE DOGS by ADA. The only exception is dogs trained for PTSD. They are labeled as such. Dogs that people say keep me CALM are not legal SERVICE DOGS. The one thing that businesses don't enforce and have to legal right to do, is to refuse a dog that is acting up or out of control. The quickest way I have found out if a dog is a legal SERVICE DOG. Is start asking the owner questions. If they start saying they don't have to answer those questions or you can't ask me those questions, it a good chance they are not legal. If you stop me I will not only share my dog with you but answer all your questions. My past Service Dog Tommy & I in his 6 year of working, spent hundred of hours bringing smiles & comfort to people & educating about Service Dogs. In many casinos in the State of Nevada if you stay in their Hotels they want your dogs ID just as they want your DL for ID. Believe me most casino Security know how a Service Dogs should act.

    I hope this answers the questions or concerns people have expressed here. If you have questions please ask me. I will do my best to answer them. Miss Molly is slowly learning her job. Her leash shows her as a SERVICE DOG in TRAINING which gives her the same rights as a fully trained SERVICE DOG by the ADA. She meets all the basic requirements to train. She has even started learning non verbal commands.
     
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  14. Lisa in WA

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    I can imagine how mad it would make you and others with legitimate service dogs to see these posers and their untrained ill behaved dogs make people question whether all service animals are legitimate.
     
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    Thanks Lisa. Yes, I have confronted people I know had fake dogs. I have drawn enough attention to them they ended up leaving. What are they going to do or say to someone with a legal dog? There is nothing in ADA laws that restrict me from doing that.
    I was walking by a few Security Guards in a large Las Vegas casino one day. I over heard one of them telling the other two see that dog, that is how a real service dog acts. I ended up talking with them & two of them were being trained. The senior officer was pointing out how a legal dog acts. Anyway I talked with them answering all the questions they had. Another chance to educate people on service dogs.