A Pet Adviser: Special Report

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I found this awesome article recently. It is definitely worth a read!

http://www.petsadviser.com/service-dog-report.pdf

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2 thoughts on “A Pet Adviser: Special Report

  1. What worries me is the US government being the agency coming up with the laws. Right now ADI trained dogs are the only ones allowed on military posts and the VA, although VA generally doesn’t stringently enforce this.

    I’m paying a local trainer to train Riley to be my service dog. Due to my disabilities, I can’t travel without assistance. The closest program is 175 miles, one way. And has a two to three year waiting list. Riley is being trained to do exactly what I need and we get to work together during training. I can see the stupid government saying my dog that has been in training since he was 49 days old isn’t a “real” service dog!

  2. Reblogged this on Whyteferret's Blog and commented:
    This is an excellent set of articles about the problem of fake service dogs. It is sad that many people think it is their “right” to take their pets everywhere with them and lie to make it happen. Every time a poorly trained pet “service dog” misbehaves in public,it makes it harder for people partnered with a trained dog to work.

    I support the requirement to show the dog is trained. However, the laws need to be written intelligently. For example, Riley is being trained by a certified professional trainer who is registered with Service Animal Registry of America. He has been in training since he was 49 days old. When he is through, he will have over 8 months of training and over 500 hours. He is being trained to exactly what I need him to do. Neither the military or the VA will recognize his training unless an Assistance Dogs International trainer is willing to certify him. He will EXCEED their standards of training. But, they are the only group recognized as trainers.

    I chose to stay local and pay for my dog’s training for several reasons. One, the closest program is 175 miles one way from me. I don’t travel without assistance due to my disabilities. Two, I wouldn’t be able to be part of the training process. With staying local, I get to work with Riley several times a month. I am part of his training and we are already bonding. Three, he is being trained for exactly the tasks I need. Nothing I don’t need. Four, the ADI programs in my state have a 2-5 year waiting list. Five, my trainer and I got to choose the dog and the breed. No allergies with a standard poodle. And a very bright dog.

    The laws will need to be written to be more inclusive of training options. As for Riley, at least most VAs aren’t enforcing the ADI only issue too strenuously. And,my trainer is looking into finding an ADI trainer to sign off on him.

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