A recent mytake inspired this question. The title says it all.
I know and work with people who are teamed with service animals. I have heard their opinions. I would like to hear your opinions.
I have my own opinion, which I'll divulge later.
- Yes, documentation should be requiredVote A
- No, documentation shouldn't be requiredVote B
Most Helpful Girl
In my honestly relatively uninformed opinion, I think it's reasonable to ask for some sort of verification, but not necessarily thorough documentation. Basically, I don't think people with service animals should be required to divulge personal information or wear a visible badge or something, but I think it's legitimate to have people carry a government/doctor issued card around or something similar that they can show people when asked for it. That said, I really haven't looked into this much so it's possible that there are issues with that that I'm not thinking of, but as far as I can see that seems like it should be a fine solution.0
Most Helpful Guy
If you are an employee of a business, you are part of a team that is responsible for the safety and well-being of your customers. But if you see a dog that is frightened and acting strangely, presenting a problem to customers and/or staff you can ask the owner if the dog is a service dog and what service it provides (in general terms). Once you have those answers, regardless of the truth, you are not permitted to challenge further.
I have seen scare, skittish dogs being dragged through store aisles, darting underfoot placing customers at risk. Also, some customers place their animals in shopping carts. There are already enough concerns about not very clean carts being used for your food. A dog's bare butt should not be added.
A trained, legitimate service animal is able to act appropriately in crowds and not be a danger to others. And they are a great help to those who actually are disabled in some way. It would be helpful to have official documentation to prove the dog is a trained service dog, and that would not violate privacy of health circumstances.0