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Old 05-12-2009, 01:22 PM
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Or should I just keep out of it?
There is a service dog who frequents the same stores I do. He is a fluffy thing, about 35 lbs. He wears a service vest that says "Do Not Pet Me, I Am Working". His owner is not obviously disabled, but of course she still could be.

This dog is the meanest thing I have ever layed eyes on. He attempts to attack any person who is in the same aisle as him, while the owner goes "Oh, it's ok Fluffy." Then she smiles at you and goes "Oh, he's working"

The store managers won't do anything about it, as they are afraid of causing a scene. I have a strong suspicion that this dog is a pet who's owner is trying to bend the rules by getting him a vest from somewhere.

Is there any sort of oversight for Service animals that this woman can be reported to? It makes me nervous to be around him, this dog is not kidding when he lunges. Or should I just try and keep on the opposit side of the store?
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:29 PM
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Is there any training organization logo on the vest? If you can find out where he was trained, you can call them. But he might have been trained by the owner.

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10. Q: What if a service animal barks or growls at other people, or otherwise acts out of control?

A: You may exclude any animal, including a service animal, from your facility when that animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. For example, any service animal that displays vicious behavior towards other guests or customers may be excluded. You may not make assumptions, however, about how a particular animal is likely to behave based on your past experience with other animals. Each situation must be considered individually.
Although a public accommodation may exclude any service animal that is out of control, it should give the individual with a disability who uses the service animal the option of continuing to enjoy its goods and services without having the service animal on the premises.
I think the first thing I would do would be to print out that page and bring it to the managers at the store, pointing out to them that they can ask that an aggressive dog leave. I would continue to work my way up the chain of command until someone did something about it.
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:16 PM
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He may be in training ....not a good candidate !!!
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Is there any training organization logo on the vest? If you can find out where he was trained, you can call them. But he might have been trained by the owner.

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I think the first thing I would do would be to print out that page and bring it to the managers at the store, pointing out to them that they can ask that an aggressive dog leave. I would continue to work my way up the chain of command until someone did something about it.
What she said. I think there are a lot of people who want to take their pet dogs into stores and get those vests which you can get online. It's disgusting. People like that with dogs like that will ruin it for legitimate, disabled people who need their service dogs. I'd definitely pursue it. No service dog should be aggressive like you describe. And the stores should not allow them in to terrorize their customers. Ridiculous!
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:53 PM
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What Doberluv said---No SD lunges, growls, raises hackles or displays any sign of aggression towards anyone. Even if someone was to approach the ( supposedly)disabled
woman in an unfriendly manner the dog is taught not to react. First thing a SD and the owner are taught is that this is not a protection dog. Otherwise the dog could perceive anything rude, abrupt etc as a need to defend. This dog is very obviously NOT a SD and by reporting the dog and the owner you are doing a service to the truly disabled who do own and need a real SD.
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No, just put a vest on your dog and bring him with you and you will see how Fluffy will stop lunging at you.
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No, just put a vest on your dog and bring him with you and you will see how Fluffy will stop lunging at you.
And exactly how prey tell does putting a vest on ones own dog solve this issue? So the possibly fake SD can lunge and take on your own dog? Peachy. That just fixes everything.
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pleas do print out a copy of the SD FAQ's have the store owner POST it on thier wall by the register.

if the dog is acting agressivly service dog or not the owner has the right to ask them to leave and if she wont the store owner can call the police.
this goes for any kind of REAL disruption (SD barking in a movie theater with no reason, agressive sd anywhere ect)
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No, just put a vest on your dog and bring him with you and you will see how Fluffy will stop lunging at you.
What?

What???

This person is trying to discuss a real issue, a SERIOUS issue, and you have this sort of response?
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And exactly how prey tell does putting a vest on ones own dog solve this issue? So the possibly fake SD can lunge and take on your own dog? Peachy. That just fixes everything.
A true SD will never lunge and take on your own dog! If he does, then he should no longer be used as an SD dog or walked outside of the house for that matter before being properly trained and socialized by a professional. But of course I was not being serious about it.
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