I have had my Belgian Malinois service dog Zeus full time for 2 of his 3 years I have Epilepsy, Neuro spasticity spinal cord injuries PTSD and a basket full of other neurological disabilities.
There is very little variance in service dog rules, most are purchased or supplied from government approved humane qualified service dog training groups, but the law also states you can train him yourself.
Now the ADA says he doesn’t have to wear one and if he does it doesn’t have to be marked. So yes you can stand your ground and tell me “you don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t need the words service dog on my vest” and you are right. But here’s where I am right Zeus has travelled on international flights at my feet in the cabin
He has stayed in 5 star hotels sleeping at my feet
Because the limited knowledge of ADA requirements for service dogs of the average retail or hotel or airline worker is what they know about guide dogs for the blind so they think unless it has a vest and the vest looks official the dogs not?
Now Zeus is almost three years old in the early days I would stand my ground even call the cops so the cops could read the act to the offending employee,
But damn man it gets tiresome you have to ask yourself “do you want to be right or do you want to live a hassle free life where you and your service dog can come and go shop eat travel without being stopped and treated like a criminal every time you leave the house?
You need to learn to choose your fights, Zeus has been with me every day 24/7 going everywhere I go and because the staff can simply look and think “oh service dog” most of the time we get to enjoy a hassle free life.
So to a certain young girl on the Belgian malinois face book page, you can call me all the names you want, you can be a smart ass and I’ll see you out and about I’ll be the one sailing through the door smiling at security with Zeus beside me and you will be the one yelling arguing and standing your ground.
I’ve done both and I really enjoy my life with the latter, hopefully you will eventually learn as a disabled person you need to save your energy for the important things like incompetent doctors because if you do your service dog with the properly marked vest gets to sleep on your hospital bed with you just like Zeus does with me.