Many individuals who travel with their dog claim that it is a service dog, which is dubious. Is it necessary for their dog to be registered?
Domestic and international travel I’ve seen individuals traveling with their canine companion, and I’ve always attempted to start up a chat about their pet. Generally, I ask the following questions:
Is your dog a service animal?
How well-trained is your dog?
Is it necessary to register a dog as a service dog?
And, depending on the responses, I’ll get into a more in-depth discussion of training, surroundings, and adjusting to individuals.
A few owners have said that their dog is an emotional support dog, describing how their dog aids in the treatment of emotional disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They described in detail how their dog assisted them with panic attacks and sadness.
Many service dog owners stated that their dogs are registered with legitimate agencies, but they were also concerned about a growing number of websites offering a picture identification card for so-called service dogs for a flat fee without knowing whether the dog has received any professional training.
Thus, my issue is what qualifies as a genuine service dog: an identification card, a certificate, or training?
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