Question for those who are knowledgeable about service dogs?
Question by •Poppy•: Question for those who are knowledgeable about service dogs?
I got into a friendly argument tonight involving service dogs, and am very curious to learn more.
What, exactly, are the different types of service dogs? Requirements for each? Are all treated equally?
I was debating my father who works for the health dept. He states that you can take a dog into a public place, and you cannot be stopped. All you must do is say “service dog”.
I don’t think he’s wrong on that aspect. But I have seen multiple times that people cannot rent an apartment in a no-pets-allowed building *unless* it is a qualified service dog. As in, a seeing-eye dog or something along those lines, NOT just an “emotional support” dog. He claims that all you have to do is state “service dog” and even apartment landlords cannot request further information.
Before anyone gets any ideas, I’m in no way planning to ‘cheat the system’. . . we were just discussing my cousin who has a service dog because she gets severe headaches–not sure what that dog does, exactly, but she has one.
Any and all information is appreciated–I’m just curious about the different types, and if all are created equal, I guess.
Answer by cameo’s Mom
Well, technically…service dogs are supposed to wear a harness with “Service dog” emblazoned upon it when out in the public. They are numbered etc. With a very official patch on the harness as well.
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