G’day folks two days ago I posted a story regarding service dogs and I received a reply from an ignorant woman who carried on about how useless service dogs were here is the link
I received many replies and was contacted by a dog trainer from south carolina and she replied with a disturbing account and below are the details.
Penny is a PTSD service dog that once lived with another person. The previous owner passed away and his wish was that his service dog would go to another person with PTSD. (He was not a veteran but suffered from a situation that left him with PTSD) She was trained for a different type of PTSD than what this specific veteran needed so I am retraining her to what we need her to do specifically. She has her CGC and we are now working on having her re-certifed since she has to be re-certified when transferred to another person.
The veteran that I am working with took her to the restaurant linked below, A lady by the name of Louise immediately walked up to him and told him that dogs were not allowed. He responded by saying that “great she isn’t a dog, she is a service animal” Louise replied to him by saying that it didn’t matter if she was a service animal or not, she was a pitt bull and pitts are restricted from the premises. She then proceeded to kick him off the property. This was done in front of people and of course was quite embarrassing to him. She was extremely rude and disrespectful to him and caused him a great amount of stress. Louise has now made him completely uneasy about going out into public, which we have been working so hard to get away from. The point of a service dog is to make them okay with being in public and around big crowds of people. She has now put a doubt in his mind and yet another fear to worry about. The exact opposite of what we are trying to accomplish.
He is a veteran that has very high needs of this service dog and can NOT go out in public without her. He suffers from VERY high panic attacks when out in public. So far Penny has been trained to watch his back, gives him the “bubble” that he needs. She is well mannered in public and lays nicely under the table without causing any issues to anyone else. She currently wears an “in training” vest until we get her re-certified. She has been trained with the basics needed for his specific needs, all we are doing at this point is enhancing the training to be more fine tuned. (I always over train to perfection) There is NO reason that Penny and this veteran should have been kicked out from this restaurant. This has severely set the veteran back as far as his confidence in being out in public with his service dog…
Here is the website to the restaurant that kicked the veteran out .. http://freshfieldsvillage.com/shop/the-station-at-freshfield