Jul
21
2017

The Consequences of Having a Fake Service Dog

Service Animals > The Ramifications of False Classification

The Consequences of Having a Fake Service DogIn this series of posts, we have covered the topic of service animals. Service dogs, by their very nature, are trained to be the eyes, ears, and even limbs of their handlers who require their support. However, without the proper training, taking a dog out into stressful environments with new people, dogs and smells can be overwhelming, leading to aggressive and insecure behavior.  We’ve already covered the basic dangers, what actually constitutes a service animal, and gone into detail about the required training service animals will endure. In this post, we’ll go over some of the additional consequences that are associated with faking a service animal. Whether your dog is a pet or service animal, protect him with a Canine Liability policy.

The handler can become injured.

If a handler has a legitimate service dog who is distracted by an unruly pet, the person runs the risk of facing an injury. For example, the dog might miss an important cue to alert a seizure, causing the handler to fall without warning.

The dog can become injured.

An unruly dog can easily react negatively in stressful environments. Service dogs are trained to deal with large crowds and distractions, whereas pets are not. In the worst case scenario, a dog will act aggressively towards a service animal. Often, service dogs look to their handlers for support and reassurance, and if the person is unable to physically stop the aggression, the service animal could become severely injured.

According to CBS News, there is a big difference in the behavior of real service dogs and impostors inside businesses. A true service dog becomes nearly invisible, while ordinary pets might bark, urinate, sniff, scratch and eat off the floor.

Businesses can suffer.

Reputations are on the line when business owners have to differentiate between legitimate and fake service dogs. An untrained pet can urinate or defecate on expensive materials, compromise safety, and cause unsanitary surfaces in a business.

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