|Barked: Sun Sep 8, '13 4:24pm PST |
|Canine Companions for Independence & Service Dog International were both very supportive!
I always suggest folks donate to them!!!!
I didn't know, until they told me, that it was even legal or possible to "self" train a Service Dog.
They suggested the character qualities to look for in a dog & suggested I find a professional trainer who use only positive, no negative methods. They offered their website info online. They spoke over the phone & answered questions the Dog Trainer I hired had.
They suggested we start with Kennel Club Puppy Class, Canine Good Citizen & then Public Access Testing.
We did everything they suggested, as if my life depended on it (cause it did)
I AGREE with them 100% about the bogus "certifications," they should be fraud!
FAKING a disability to fraudently gain advantage should be a crime!
But, anyone should be able to buy a vest where they please.
My SD looks & acts impeccably and he and I have traveled between 21 States & 2 Countries & we rarely have problems. When we do, a smile & a copy of the ADA almost always works. But when it doesn't, I wish, handicapped parking permits had another line so Physicians certified a person as eligible for a Service Dog.
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