FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SERVICE DOGS:
They are not required to wear a vest, nor is their owner required to carry the dog’s identification on his or her person, to be permitted access in public.
They are always working. Do not pet or talk to the animal, which distracts from the job he or she is tasked with.
They are not carried in a purse or stroller. “A dog has gotta have four feet on the floor, otherwise how’s it gonna help ya?” Luehrs says.
Guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired are the highest trained type of assistance dogs, followed by hearing dogs for the deaf, and service dogs, which are trained for a specific task that mitigates the person’s disability. Therapy or emotional-support dogs do not have to be trained, and their defined function is to provide comfort.
Service dog “training” does not include being able to shake, kiss, or speak on command. The fundamental tasks of service dogs include providing counterbalance support, leading disoriented handlers to a designated place, conducting room searches for handlers with PTSD unable to enter his or her own home, and retrieving items.