|Barked: Thu Feb 21, '13 12:51pm PST |
|You qualify for a SD if you are disabled according to the ADA definition, which as you said means you are substantially limited with regard to one or more major life functions. That doesn't mean you can't do those things at all. Your doctor should be able to help you determine if you meet the definition.
In order for a dog to be a service dog, he has to be trained to perform tasks that mitigate your disability. You said your dog sometimes retrieves things for you. Are you unable to retrieve those things yourself? If so, that would be a task your dog does to mitigate your disability. If it's something your dog does but you could do it yourself, then it's not a task that mitigates your disability. For instance, my dog can open the refrigerator for me, but I can open it myself, so that doesn't count as a task. There are other things he does that I cannot do for myself, though, that he does to mitigate my disability.
People with "fake" service dogs might be people that aren't disabled. Or they might be disabled, but might have a dog that has not been trained to do anything to mitigate their disability.
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