|Barked: Sun May 4, '08 8:33am PST |
|The third question (and this is due to court rulings on the ADA) is What type of service does the dog preform? Of course, the answer to this question can be a bit tricky as in order to get access you should not have to reveal the nature of your disability per the ADA. So you can describe the general class of service dog (ie alerts to a medical condition) without saying which medical condition for example.
In the US, service dogs are not required to wear vests or show identification to gain access to public places. Most do wear vests or other identifying harness or gear to make their lives easier ("don't pet" patches help out a lot with the general public for example!). But it's not required. This has been helpful to me and a few others who have accidentally forgotten gear at home, or been out on a for-fun walk not expecting to have to go into a store, or who have had to rush off in an emergency without having time to grab gear. And many handlers do have ID cards, but I generally don't show mine because showing an ID card to a gatekeeper often makes them expect the next team to also have one and I don't want to make it harder on the next team.
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