How to Spot a Fake Service Dog

How to Spot a Fake Service Dog

These clues will help you tell if a service animal is real or not.

In certain states there are laws allowing other animals to be service animals, however this is very rare and unless you can find a written law regarding this, assume that only mini horses and dogs are covered.

Updated August 10, 2017

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  1. meanwhile, I have a service dog for ptsd and I’m scared to go places out of fear that someone won’t let me have my dog there..

  2. There is zero reason for a person with diabetes to have a service animal. Diabetes is a chronic disease not a disability.

  3. My best friend has a service dog in training. He has had one accident. This was because he was alerting her he needed to go outside but the crowd in the shop was too large to make it outside In time, but she cleaned it up

  4. Sooooo true.!! I am traning my puppy as my dog as my medical Alert. But it drives me crazy to see fake. It’s like why does my dog have to go threw so much traning when everyone drags their misbehaved dog in carts and start barking in stores .

  5. It doesn’t matter how many tasks your dog knows if they don’t have good public access training leave them at home they can be an at home service dog People always try to tell me that their dog knows how to do all these tasks but yet they don’t fit they don’t heal, they may alert you to something but that’s not enough they have to behave while in public

  6. What about ( Wally the alligators service animal ) You should get more information about a service dog

  7. There is a sub category for actual service dog in my state my dog is highly trained to do task for me regarding my PTSD, he has been trained to listen for my breathing to change my heart rate the change in my over all persona , there’s. 3 cues ,John was also trained to know, without me saying a word. I do not think you know about this subject,in the degree that you would like us to believe.

  8. So for getting a service dog, do you have to get a doctors note or anything? Or just get the professional training?

  9. You can have a service dog for your anxiety. I’m training mine for it right now, and also PTSD. These are real mental health issues go under a psychiatric service dog. He’s being trained to do DPT and a few others for this disability. So, if I were to say he’s for my anxiety it is technically correct just worded improperly.

  10. In Oregon, pets are banned from grocery stores, restaurants, and other food establishments. Only service dogs (they don’t recognize any other animals) are allowed and dogs who only provide comfort or emotional support are not recognized as service animals by the ADA. While vests are not always required, you may find yourself having to explain more often without one. Also note that you can still be kicked from the restaurant if the service animal acts inappropriately (aggressive behavior and unnecessary barking are the most common).

    Those of you looking to lie about your dog being a service animal should realize it’s pretty easy to spot a dog that isn’t trained. Getting caught with an uncertified animal is a misdemeanor with a pretty hefty fine.

  11. I don’t know if it’s different state to state but new laws in my state make this video totally obsolete. I have intense social anxiety, I’m a selective mute, I also suffer ADD, dissociation, high functioning autism, PTSD and agoraphobia. I also have a dog. Since I got this dog several months ago, I am eager to take her out on long walks a few times a day. Before I got her, I could not leave my house without having anxiety, and if someone spoke to me, no words will come out. Sometimes I actually have to write something down or communicate via sign language or text. However, if I’m in the presence of my dog, I’m able to do these things. I also forget to take my medication and my dog can tell when I’m getting anxious, by sensing chemical changes in my body. She then shows me affection and the anxiety manages to relax. When I told my psychologist this, she informed me about ESA and how ESA dogs don’t need to be trained. I can use my own dog as a ESA. She wrote me a prescription note and gave me a website to go to and register my dog as a ESA. My dog didn’t need to go through training however I had to go through handler training and my dog has to be updated on vet care. I also had to register the dog with the city clerk as an ESA service dog. If I say she’s a service dog w/o mentioning she’s esa, I could get into legal trouble. There are three categories: service dog (trained), emotional support dog (not trained but requires a letter written and/or signed by a psychologist who prescribed the dog) or a comfort dog which is not a legit service dog and the websites you speak of will explain that to you. So will your city clerk.

  12. What can you do when you feel like it’s a fake service animal? Bc this guy keeps coming into my restaurant with a dog that I can tell isn’t a service dog. It barked at a kid who wasn’t even touching it, it stands in the middle of walkways and he doesn’t tell it to move/it doesn’t move, he fed it off the table at the restaurant and it jumped up two paws on the table

  13. Sorry but cat’s are actually also promoted to be a Service animal because of anxiety also I’m not hating on the video

  14. I have a service dog. What i really hate a fake service dog growling and eyeing my dog like prey. I have to leave of my dog’s safety is at risk.

  15. I just registered my dog as a service dog, so its very easy to do so. With a medical diagnosis i had, that’s all i needed, and I’m completely allowed to register him and train him myself. And there are so many people with ESA pets now, those pigs and birds, they are emotional support animals, (ESA ) which are getting privileges close to service animals. The ADA only requires the dog to be trained in something that assists.

  16. Just so we are clear… Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety and PTSD are considered disabilities and can therefore qualify for service dog. My service dog is trained to calm me during a panic attack and fetch my meds. Please make sure you update this video or do proper research. Thank you

  17. Last year While I was in Walmart doing my taxes with Jackson Hewlitt I saw 5 fake service dogs in the store at different locations. a little while lather the whole inside of Walmart erupted with growls snarls and sounds of one or two dogs being hurt, three of the five dogs got in a fight with each other. Another time I worked in a restaurant and this lady with her husband comes in with her dog in a small dog carrier inside a baby buggy. she kept telling everyone around her that it was her service dog and she even made the cute little doggie vest for it. the dog vest was bright orange and everyone around this lady was giving the dog pets and loving up on it. i even saw the lady feed scraps of food from her plate to the dog’s mouth many times. the dog was a Pomeranian but i could still see that it was her "son" not a pet or service dog. i made sure every time i passed by that lady’s table she could hear me say " No dogs allowed in here," or "That IS NOT a service dog"

  18. I Did in fact need my Dog to help me get to a safe place before my attacks would come on. and if I did pass out. He would stay with me, licking my hand/face until I woke up. At this point he would sit up and stay with me until I was ready to try and get up. Often when I passed out I might not be anywhere near an object to help me. During these times the words "Bear, Help" and he would place himself and allow me to use him as leverage to stand up. However since he was only trained by my nurse and a lot of him just picking things up. I never took him into stores… despite the fact that I did Need him. I wanted to be respectful of others and I didn’t want any harassment of me or of him. This made going into stores difficult and I’d have to take people with me to replace the job of my Dog.

  19. I live in a condo community where one of the residents is trying to pass off her aggressive breed dog as a valid service animal. It has been made very clear that a dog of this weight and breed isn’t allowed in the community. The HOA has pet restrictions in place for good reasons, but she is claiming that her dog is for "emotional support", and she wants the HOA to make special considerations for her and the dog. This led me to research the issue more,and I became adamantly opposed to making any considerations for her. Aggressive breed dogs do pose a threat, and HOAs have every right to ban residents from having them. The ADA makes it very clear that a real service animal is task-oriented, and ESAs simply do not adhere with this legal definition. There is no government requirement that housing providers or HOAs should grant waivers for people with ESAs. There is no city ordinance or state law that can override what the ADA says. Housing waivers only apply to people with real service animals that are trained to do specific tasks. Yet many people are still confused about this. It’s because there is a very forceful activist community all over the internet that spreads misinformation and outright encourages people to use their pets to break the law in all kinds of public settings. In reality, these people with fake service animals see all that has been done to provide better access to real handicapped people. They use their pets to self-identify as disabled and they selfishly feel entitled to benefits they do not deserve. It’s dishonest and manipulative at best! What we are dealing with here is pure emotionalism and a cesspool of cognitive dissonance! The only way to deal with this type of nonsense is to know what the law says and stand your ground.

  20. It’s plain and simple to distinguish a REAL service animal from a FAKE service animal . The FAKE service animal will look around everywhere, bark continually like a normal dog, show aggressiveness toward people and other animals especially REAL service animals, eat food off plates or from owners hand in restaurants, allows onlookers to pet them, pees or poops in stores, basically just acting like a pet at home! A REAL service animal does this: Looks straight ahead never looks around and around, focuses his/her senses on the owner, is quiet, never barks unless in a situation that has been trained to alert its owner, stays at the owner’s side never running off to the end of the leash, when the owner is eating at a restaurant, the service animal lays quietly under the table alert for owner’s next command, has a sign that says "DO NOT PET", and the vest is a legit ADA vest not one bought offline. I can spot within 10 seconds if the animal is a REAL service animal or a FAKE service animal! and the legit ADA vest can only be from a legit ADA school never sold online.

  21. Identifying a FAKE service dog is pretty easy. I see them ALL THE TIME. The question is: What can you DO about it, LEGALLY?

  22. Not all true. I know of many guide dog to be beggars and food swipers. Even if they were trained properly, their owners will ruin them many times. I happen to know South Eastern Guide dogs are not always fully and properly trained. Ever seen one go for a bowling ball? I have. They will be acclimated to people and other domestic animals, but after that is where the absolutes are no longer. Bad handlers also create bad service animals, no matter how good they started out.

  23. How do u teach them not to bark? How do u teach them not to beg? Im gonna get a dog to train for seizures and anxiety.

  24. even though i’m young i train my dogs to be like service dogs. I don’t take them places or anything but i do this to benefit other people. once at pet smart this huge dog was barking at my dog and my dog was of course scared and trying to bark back so i decided it would be best to train them to ignore. My dogs also are trained to stop me from itching and get this. i did this to help my mosquito bites haha. I don’t go to places thinking i have an advantage saying that my dogs are service dogs. My dogs also help when i’m sick but i do not suffer from anything.

  25. I have ESA I was born with out the ability to smell and I have anxiety attacks my dog alerts me when there a gas leak or if there smoke or something smells bad but she doesn’t have to be with me when I go in public

  26. A service dog came in to my class one day and started bothering Pebbles the hamster, who was in his ball. Do you think the dog is fake?

  27. Someone thought my dog was a fake bc she was wearing a vest I made the lady said “is that a service dog” I said”yes” she said “ok rolled her eyes jusr don’t put her in the cart” I said “I know” like dude

  28. Hopefully, businesses know the ADA rules. I’d like to see businesses crack down on bad human behavior. A quiet medical-alert dog is preferable to an out of control child.

  29. 1 aggressive behavior
    2 barking repeatedly and not to alert people their owner is in danger
    3 lunging at people and avoiding handler

  30. A dog having an ID doesn’t mean it’s a fake service dog. Many classes do give the dogs that they train an ID card. My Ivan received one once he graduated. Even though we don’t need it by law I still keep it on his leash. To your point. Ivan and I run into fake service dogs all the time. They make to hard for those of us that need our dogs while in public. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been approached, or negative comments were made. Even while at the V.A. waiting for an appointment we had a bull terrier lunge at us that was supposed to be a service dog.

  31. I don’t get it… People can use vests to fake that their dog is a service animal but real ones aren’t required to wear one or have documentation? Wouldn’t that make it easier to take them into establishments when being questioned? Yes, wearing a vest can make people suspicious but most people won’t pay attention to a service dog’s behavior… This boggles my mind

  32. Not only do fake service dogs put real handlers in jeopardy, but they make a bad reputation for real service dogs. I always feel like people are judging me because of my SDIT

  33. So recently I’ve been training my 1 year old dog (in the photo) for multiple reasons which I don’t want to go into detail but all my disability’s are invisible. Roxie is medical and psychiatric alert. She’s been training for a few weeks and she’s so much better at it then my old service dog (who I had to retire early because of issues). But we are planning on going to Lowe’s soon to get in some training. I’m excited!

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