|Barked: Tue Sep 24, '13 9:12pm PST |
|Cooper, of course the printing of the certificate is simple! So is printing a diploma from Harvard University, so why even have college if people can just go to Kinkos and print out their own diploma? In fact, it's really easy to get fake IDs like driver's licenses; should we simply stop requiring driver's education and driver's exam before being issued a driver's license? They are so simple to fake!
What's not simple is training a dog up to ADI standards. I don't care what sort of certifying organization there is; I'm very open to suggestions. My point is simply you shouldn't be able to have a well-behaved pet, declare it a SDIT one week, declare it a SD one week later, and have full access rights. Which is absolutely legal under current laws; it takes less than a week to train tasks and that's all that's required.
Sure certification wouldn't eliminate all fakers, but if people realize they have to get their dog certified to a certain standard before being a SD, lots of well-intentioned people like the person described above will be less likely to bring an unready dog in public as an SD.
Of course there will be no solution that is 100% effective, but does that mean if a solution is 95% effective it shouldn't be considered because it's 5% ineffective?
And to those who say "people who are going to break the law will break the law regardless of barriers in their way,"
A. That's simply not true. Numerous studies have shown that this is false. Sure, some will willfully defy the law, but in general introducing a barrier to an activity deters many people from doing it.
B. Certification would also screen people who are NOT FAKERS who truly are disabled, who truly could benefit from a SD, who think their dog is a true SD when it simply has not undergone proper training. These people are not lawbreakers. If there were a very accessible way to get certification, people would realize the extent of training involved in training a SD to SD standards and, as they are not lawbreakers, would be less likely to pass their dog off as an SD.
In this vein, I would imagine these certification centers would provide support and direction to this last class of people: people who are truly disabled and would truly benefit from a SD but have nobody to turn to and no help at all. Certification centers could refer potential SD users to reputable trainers, and help them avoid SD scams that are becoming increasingly common BECAUSE of the lack of certification (people are paying thousands of dollars for a SD who isn't properly trained; because there are no certification standards, programs are getting away with this).
So all at once, you would reduce the number of fakers and support the people with disabilities who are trying to train their own SD. It's a clear choice to me.
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