The Hidden Complications of Fake Service Dogs

Sometimes when Service Dog handlers or Service Dog trainers are out in public, they encounter someone who gushes that their dog would be “just perfect!” for Service Dog work. The primary difficulty with with this wish is that they don’t understand that the right to be accompanied by a fully-trained Service Dog comes with problems and requirements  no rational person would ever want.

Masquerading pets as Service Dogs is not only extremely disrespectful, but also harmful. An article from Anything Pawsable,  discusses this and presents some important points to consider about Service Dog partnership and the Service Dog community.

The Hidden Complications of Fake Service Dogs

This article from Anything Pawsable, an online magazine for Service and Working Dog owners. The intended audience is Service and Working Dog owners and trainers of all levels, for their friends and families — and for the able-bodied community.


WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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