May
09
2016

The Repercussions of Fake Service Dogs

The Repercussions of Fake Service DogsAs dog owners, we undoubtedly love our animals. While many wish they could bring their dog everywhere with them, simply dubbing them as a service animal to be able to do just that has many consequences. Not only does this affect the reputation of the hard-working dogs that have been trained their whole lives to protect their handler, but it also creates safety challenges for the person in need. In addition to protecting your dog with Canine Liability Insurance, consider the following advice to reduce the negative repercussions of falsely claiming your pet as a service animal.

Damaging the service dog community.

Service dogs are strictly trained and obedient to their owners. This means they don’t so much as greet another dog or react to food without permission first. So, imagine the reputation these animals would receive after so many misbehaved dogs labeled as service dogs come in to a public space and bark, steal food, growl, or cause scenes with other dogs or people. Simply saying your dog is a service animal hurts the community of true service dogs.  Their handlers are diagnosed by the federal government and their dogs are recognized as legitimate, qualified caretakers. Often times, people with disabilities aren’t able to function without their service animal, so their ability to take them wherever is critical.

Distracted service dogs could lead to an injured handler.

If a dog is meant to be continuously scanning for their handler’s drop in blood sugar. and they’re not because a poorly trained dog has pounced on them, the Service Dog will struggle to perform their job as a result.  According to Anything Pawsable, it’s entirely possible for a Service Dog to miss a drop and their handler end up sick. In addition, if a person is relying on their canine person for balance and mobility support, and the Service Dog is accosted by a person with an out-of-control canine, the person who needs the Service Dog could fall and be injured.

So, bear these things in mind when saying your dog is a service dog, even if he or she is well behaved.

In addition to these obvious issues, a service dog that is approached by a poorly behaved dog may feel threatened or want to protect their handler. Therefore, it’s always best to leave your dog at home when they are not allowed in the public place rather than claim he or she is a service animal.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches or causing them to fall. Injuries to other animals are also included. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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