Please Stop Using Your Pet As a Fake Service Dog

2. Service dogs are not pets

Man with service dog

Service dogs have a job to do. | Jfbenning/iStock/Getty Images

Most people are well aware that running up to a service dog and gushing over him is a big no no, or at least they should. And why? Because that dog is providing just that, a service to his owner. The ADA’s definition of what it means to be a service animal goes on to cover this very point.

“Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability,” the ADA explains.

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