A lot of individuals are using service dogs now for a lot of reasons. With this, a lot of canines are being trained.
Despite this, there are still a lot of misconceptions about service canines. Here are some of them and the things that you must know.
Petting A Service Dog
You must not pet a service dog that is on duty whether the handler is looking or not. “Drive-by-petters” are the term used for people who pet service dogs when their handlers attention is somewhere else.
This is a distraction for the dog and is very disrespectful. The dog is on duty and should be focused on its work. In addition to this, some states have laws that prohibited anyone to interfere or intentionally injure a service dog.
Emotional Support Dogs = Service Dogs
This is a misconception as there is a difference between the two. An emotional support dog is an untrained canine which supports emotionally its owner.
This kind of dog can also be allowed to fly in a cabin with its owner and can be brought inside a no-pets-allowed housing with a doctor’s note.
On the other hand, service dogs are trained and can be compared to a piece of living medical equipment. They can be trained to do and respond to medical-related tasks such as when their handler has a seizure or when a person with a disability needs some help.
Only Blind Or/And Deaf People Can Have Service Dogs
This was the case years ago, but things have changed now. A lot of people who need some medical help on their daily lives can have a service dog.
Some of these people have illnesses such as seizures, autism, mental illness, diabetes, etc.
A lot of people think that it only requires a few months to train a service dog. Again, this is a common misconception as a service dog training take about two years to finish.
In addition to this, service dogs must also adapt to the changes in their handler’s needs.
Service Dogs Can Detect If Someone Is Carrying Drugs
Service dogs are used for a lot of different purposes and they are trained according to these. When you see a service dog, it doesn’t automatically mean that it is a dog that can detect and trace drugs.
Service dogs only focus on the tasks given by their handlers.