Iv taken in copies of the laws, and explained there is no such thing as legal certification of a service dog.
that anyone can go buy ID or "certificate" but it isn't a legal document. Nor is it required or recognized by the ADA.
their policy is that a dog must have this fake ID and fake certificate and a red vest to go into their stores.
they wont even read the copies of the laws I took in.
they state that only seeing eye dogs are allowed in their store. well I asked them if a blind man came in your store and his dog didn't have a red vest and Made up ID tags on, would you throw him out?
they said no.
I asked, have you ever seen a red vest or fake ID tags on a seeing eye dog.
Iv been a customer for four years so they know im handicapped.
I asked them, if a veteran comes in with a service dog and he has a working harness like my dog has, would you throw him out?
though I didn't have to, I demonstrated my dog's tasks. hand his behavior.
I can easily go order those fake ID and a red harness instead of the leather one I prefer however Id rather go home and copy the law for you so you can educate your employee's, so that other people with working dogs can avoid this crap. and so that you can understand and know that there is no legal "Certified" service dog certificate, and Id. There should be in my opinion.
I can have my dog pass obedience tests, but the certificate I get is basically a novelty item provided by whatever facility has a dog training school and prints them out. or I can pretend im a "certified" dog trainer, and make them up myself, But that does nothing for the problem of businesses pretending they know the law, and denying access to a disabled person and their dog.
Since we are a new team and I am the one training my dog, iv provided the laws and left.
What do other people do?
they tried to tell me pet smart would kick me out too.
I go to petsmart at least once a week, and they always compliment my dog and I on our teamwork. we were there yesterday and it was packed with people and animals, because it was an adoption fair, and my dog did his job very well.
I was surprised how well he did his job. There was another service dog there with the required "certified" Id tag and vest, and I asked where they got theirs, and they said Amazon.
when Amazon sells their ID and "certified" ID and vests there is a disclaimer that this is not a legal ID and that the ADA does not recognize or require this ID as a legal document.
Id like to help educate the public on the matter, and also maybe get few larger dogs a chance at a job and a life by telling my dogs story.
if he'd ended up in a kill shelter they would have just killed him, but a vet assistant where I volunteer found him, and I adopted him after two other families took him and brought him back.
He is now a working dog. not a shelter dog who is too big to have in a house.
I love him and he loves me. In fact he chose me.
the people at the shelter said he could hear my truck five minutes before I pulled in and he would go nuts making yodeling noises and jumping all over.
they can't believe I trained him to behave so well in so short a time.
Im hoping other potential service dogs can get the same chance my dog got.
It was only his silly behavior when he heard my truck going down the highway, that gave me the courage to try training him.
He was much bigger than the dog I was looking for. but like I said, he chose me.