|Pia Pia on mat under table.|
The healing powers of an animal is special, so special that it can help eliminate even those who have relied on medications to control certain ailments, especially those that are affected mentally. It is an estimated rate that twenty two veterans take their life each day; this is a sad fact – a very sad fact. Veterans sacrifice a lot for us to have our freedom. Veterans deserve better, their families deserve better. Some veterans are realizing with the assistance of a dog they can overcome those feelings, feelings of desperation, loneliness, and solitude. However, because Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is not a noticeable disorder there are many that would contend to state or argue that an individual does not have a condition that warrants a service dog or the dog is a fake service dog. This is because there are so many out there who abuses the system when it comes to service dogs. An establishment is unable to ask direct questions in regards to the usage of a service dog but can ask what the dog ‘tasked is for’? In some states the dog does not need to wear a service vest, no documentation is required and worse one can order a service dog kit online.
|On mat while eating.|
Training a service dog is more than just sit, stay, and come. These dogs are trained with the sit, stay, come and more as well as they are specifically trained for their owner and owner’s needs whether it is PTS, hearing, mobility or for the blind. A PTS service dog is trained to pick up on their owner’s anxiety or panic symptoms. Not only is the dog but also the owner who is in training. The training does not come cheap and is not necessarily the easiest either. So when someone attempts to pass off their dog as a service dog when they are not, it is downgrading all the time and training that others have put into a real service dog as well as adds additional stress on to those who are real owner’s with real service dogs.
|She always wears her vest.|
Establishments, whether retail, restaurants, government or non-government should have in their orientation program how to handle individuals with service dogs even those who are fake. It should be a mandatory program and be updated as everything else within their orientation program. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are trying to distinguish fake versus real service dogs however it is difficult because as long as someone states their dog is a service dog there is nothing an establishment can do for now.
As for distinguishing an individual with PTS or not, well, trust me one can tell if an individual is suffering from true PTS or not. Ask any wife, loved one, caregiver or professional of those who treat a veteran with PTS and they will verify there are signs of when their loved one is suffering or is having issues because of their PTS. To outsiders it is an invisible disorder but to those who live with or live with some who lives with it, it is NOT an invisible disorder.
One day, hopefully soon, PTS Service Dogs will become a reality for our veterans and their families. While, those who abuse the system with fake service dogs will hopefully realize the disrespect and disregard to others they are causing.
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