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Homie

1280410
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 11, '13 1:46pm PST 
CCI is petitionig to stop the sale of fake SD products (vest, collars, leashes, harnesses and identifications) by Internet companies.

Here is more info http://www.cci.org/site/c.cdKGIRNqEmG/b.8753053/k.4B2E/Stop_Fake_Ser vice_Dog_Products/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=cdKGIRNqEmG&b=8753053&e n=5oLzFIPjE4LIJSMmG3KFIPPxGfLCIRNsFbKPJWMAJoJZF
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Iris vom- Zauberberg

Service Werewolf
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 11, '13 1:57pm PST 
And how is one to tell the difference between fake equipment and the equipment that owner-trainers buy to dress their SDs?
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Homie

1280410
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 11, '13 2:05pm PST 
That is excactly what I was wondering and I'm little concern about it.
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Happy

The Boy Wonder
 
 
Barked: Sun Aug 11, '13 8:19pm PST 
I think it's a horrible idea but CCI has always been rather vocally anti Owner Trainer so it's not particularly surprising. It would be a horrible system to try to implement especially when disabled people already have to jump through enough hoops for almost anything.
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Sasha

Medical Alert &- Mobility
 
 
Barked: Sun Sep 8, '13 4:24pm PST 
Canine Companions for Independence & Service Dog International were both very supportive!

I always suggest folks donate to them!!!!

I didn't know, until they told me, that it was even legal or possible to "self" train a Service Dog.

They suggested the character qualities to look for in a dog & suggested I find a professional trainer who use only positive, no negative methods. They offered their website info online. They spoke over the phone & answered questions the Dog Trainer I hired had.

They suggested we start with Kennel Club Puppy Class, Canine Good Citizen & then Public Access Testing.

We did everything they suggested, as if my life depended on it (cause it did)

I AGREE with them 100% about the bogus "certifications," they should be fraud!

FAKING a disability to fraudently gain advantage should be a crime!

But, anyone should be able to buy a vest where they please.

My SD looks & acts impeccably and he and I have traveled between 21 States & 2 Countries & we rarely have problems. When we do, a smile & a copy of the ADA almost always works. But when it doesn't, I wish, handicapped parking permits had another line so Physicians certified a person as eligible for a Service Dog.
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Beth

Hey! I hear- people landing- on the Moon!
 
 
Barked: Sun Sep 8, '13 5:17pm PST 
A service dog harness (or other equipment), if it works for the function for which it was intended, is not "Fake".

I should not have to buy my service dog's equipment from a particular source not of my choosing.

That's my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.

If you're talking about scam "registrations" and the like, I can support THAT, but not limitations on where I may purchase equipment for my dog.
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Sky

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Barked: Mon Sep 9, '13 1:50pm PST 
I totally agree with Beth.
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