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  •  I don't know of that case, but ANY dog that (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, second gen, Nowhere Man

    Shows aggression toward humans is not a viable service dog candidate. He should be washed out/retired immediately. I'm not saying he should be euthanized. If there are legitimate reasons for the dog to react that way, he may be rehabilitated into a good pet.

    But service animal handlers owe it to each other to never bring an unreliable dog into public service. It can be hard enough to get public access as it is. One mess-up by one reactive dog means that access just got more limited for the rest of us.

    We fight every day in the streets to actually get the rights that the law gives us.

    I've never met anyone with a bona fide service animal (one with disability-mitigating tasks that has passed (and can contine to pass) the public assess test) who doesn't "get" that.

    Agency dogs, private trainers, self-trained. Doesn't matter. When folks are doing it by the books and abiding by the law, they get it.

    When I used a service animal in public, I'd often chat with other handlers and puppy raisers swapping tips and war stories. It's nice to meet kindred souls. That's why I belong to clubs. We swap tips about behavior chaining, recording keeping for the IRS, how often to take the public access test (and can you "cheat" by taking the CGC if you can't find a public access test being offered?), if you're denied access, do you call DOJ right then or bring your business elsewhere and file a DOJ complaint later?

    I once met a lady with a purse Yorkie in a mall anxious to explain to me that her dog was her service dog because her brought her medicine. Wow, that's great. I asked her, how did you train a terrier a reliable retrieve because it took my guy a long time to get it consistently. So I'd love to get whatever tips you have.

    She said she threw the bottle on the floor and he brought it back until he just understood to climb on the counter and bring it to her when she asked for it.

    Okaaayyyy....

    It's hard to pull wool over an actual service animal handler/owner's eyes.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:47:36 PM PDT

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