Is there anything you'd like to change about service dog laws? Every handler I've spoken to has a different opinion but since my health is preventing college right now it seemed like a good time to maybe better laws and educate more people about SDs.
I know this is an extremely unpopular opinion, but I actually wouldn’t mind if SDs had some sort of licencing or registration system. It would be like a drivers licence. Cops aren’t there pulling random people over to make sure every single driver has a licence. However, if they see an issue (speeding, reckless driving, aggressive behavior, etc), they’ll pull someone over and request it. It would be the same for SDs. Store managers/employees wouldn’t be allowed to stop every single handler at the door requesting to see their licence, but if there ever were an issue (dog isn’t potty trained, isn’t behaving, etc), then they could request to see the licence. So could someone still get away with a fake SD just like someone can get away with driving without a licence? Sure, but it would definitely help weed people out.
Licences would be made following post 9-11 standards, so they would be extremely hard to forge. Dog & handler teams would obtain a licence after passing a quick public access exam (similar to a new driver passing a drivers test), providing a list of trained tasks, as well as a doctor’s letter stating the handler is legally disabled. Service dogs in training could be exempt from the public access test, but receive an “in training” licence (similar to a driving permit card). All you’d need for that is statement from a doctor stating the handler is legally disabled.
People have argued that “you don’t have to register your [cane, wheelchair, hearing aid, etc], and service dogs are also medical equipment by law.” However, someone’s non-working hearing aid isn’t going to jump out and bite someone, and someone’s fake cane isn’t going to make a mess on the floor. Someone’s un-mannered or fake service dog definitely could.
Obviously that is just my opinion, and I know most people don’t agree with it lol.
Followers, care to add on about any laws you’d like to see changed for service dogs? I’m really curious what the SD community thinks about this topic!
~ Lex (& Faith)