|Barked: Wed Aug 14, '13 6:58pm PST |
|Ditto what Happy and Zippo said.
However, where you run into trouble is where you have, for example, a "handler" feeding a "SD" from the plate. This does not pose a health or safety risk to anybody else, but is 100% inappropriate.
I've seen handlers with their SDs on flexi-leashes taking up 8 feet of a very busy (big city) 10-foot sidewalk. Clearly wrong, but not illegal. In a restaurant I've seen handlers with their "SDs" lounging in the middle of an aisle. Clearly wrong, but not illegal.
You could argue that this behavior poses a threat to those around them (although in reality it's more of an annoyance), but no business owner in their right mind would want to defend in court the decision to kick out these teams. Because most business owners are very skittish about kicking out SD teams, inappropriate SD behavior abounds.
Unfortunately, the owners who let their "SDs" act this way are also the ones who raise a huge big stink when you ask them to stop the inappropriate behavior.
Which puts business owners and the public in a Catch-22: Do I ask them to stop this inappropriate behavior and risk getting sued (and losing, because the inappropriate behavior technically wasn't a threat to anyone), or do I just allow the inappropriate behavior?
These are the unfortunate consequences of this country's super lax SD laws combined with some folks who just want to take Fluffy everywhere, or even those who *think* their dog is up to SD snuff when it's clearly not.
So aside from the black-and-white mentioned above, there's a huge gray area, and it's good to be aware of that too.
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