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SR Edit: Certify service dogs

People are increasingly taking their dogs to stores, restaurants and public events, and it’s creating problems for on-the-job service animals, business owners, and customers who don’t appreciate pooches sniffing around the groceries. The answer may be some sort of certification to distinguish legally recognized service dogs from mere pets. Under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, service animals are dogs leading the blind, detecting seizures and assisting people with other health issues. So-called therapy dogs that provide companionship and comfort are not considered service dogs, but some owners believe they are. So do some store and restaurant workers. As a result, more people are showing up at public places with pets they do not need, and do not control/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is it time to certify service dogs?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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