|Cesar with Junior, displaying the USSDR paper and patch|
(USSDR is simply a service dog registry. It does not certify a dog at all.)
...from The United States Service Dog Registry (USSDR), an independent registry service that offers self-identification for Service or Assistance Dogs.
(A disabled person who uses a service dog does not have to register or certify their service dog with anyone.)
(which is what a service dog does)
...and so many dogs, and now he can continue to share his balance with the rest of the world in his service (which is NOT what service dogs do)."
(Maybe you do, but you must be disabled to have/ use a service dog. It is not the dog that has access, but it is the disabled person that has the public access.)
...takes to be a Service Dog?
(Some service dog programs make it mandatory to train the dog to perform at least 3 tasks or specific work that help mitigate your disability which you need to even qualify for a service animal).
It is recommended that any potential Service Dogs undergo at least 120 hours of professional training to obtain the necessary skills and demeanor.
(Service Dog trainers and handlers recommend that anyone training a service dog should keep a diary that tracks your dog's progress and training.)
USSDR suggests that every candidate complete the Public Access Test created by Assistance Dogs International, Inc.,
(There are other public access tests available as well... some more strict than ADI's. Look to the left and click on one of the public access tests links listed in Rosie's Favorite Links.)
...to fully assess your dog’s ability to function as a Service Dog.
The legal definition of a service dog (read the updated definiton on the "What is a Service Dog" page, tab is at the top of this blog page) is any dog that has been trained to do work or tasks that help mitigate a person with a disability. A disability is any medical or physical condition that greatly limits one or more daily life functions. A service dog is allowed by law to go anywhere the general public can go. The disabled handler with a service dog is protected by state service dog laws and also Federal service dog laws which can be found in the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act. They are NOT considered pets, but are considered adaptive equipment. It is the disabled person who is given the access, not the dog. It is like a person with a wheel chair. You never see a business say "Sorry, we don't allow wheel chairs around here. You'll have to leave it outside". As well, the service dog helps the disabled person to function better and access goods and services in the community that otherwise they would not be able to do so.
To check out the United States Service Dog Registry, click on this link-
THIS IS FROM THE USSDR SITE: Please note: Only individuals who are qualified to use a Service Dog under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible for registration. Therapy Dogs and other working dogs are not able to be included.
I have heard that a new article was posted on Cesar's blog and then was pulled. To my knowledge a new article has not been posted and this issue remains unresolved. Cesar needs to take this as an opportunity to educate people about what service dogs really are... like you must be disabled.
I have waited a very long time now and have not seen any kind of retraction or correction from the article written about Junior becoming a "Registered" or "Certified" service dog. This is an irresponsible decision on Cesar Milan's part.
Here is what I had to say about that today:
So, to sum it up... (from Sept 2010) USSDR tells the public that CM is indeed disabled (invisible disability). However, CM has in no way tried to clarify the mistakes his assistant made in the blog entry that announced Junior becoming "certified" as a service dog with USSDR. CM can be asked what his service dog does for him and that is not a violation of his rights, yet he has not responded to that either. Instead, whatever articles had been written were pulled. Whether CM is disabled or not, that is not the issue right now as much as he did not try to responsibly post another entry to correct the misinformation his assistant (or whoever) posted which, at least to me, leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth and still in question as to how honest CM is regarding this whole thing.