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Roadtreking: Just what is a service dog?

Roadtreking: Just what is a service dog?

WASHINGTON — We have lots to talk about this week. We’re going to start off with a discussion about a very controversial topic: The proliferation of what is being called fake service dogs. It’s becoming a national scandal and I’m sorry to say, a lot of RVers are involved, registering their dogs as service animals when, in fact, they have had no real service dog training and the registration is just a sham so they can take their pets with them wherever they want.

We’ll also talk about a big RV trend… renting out your RV. There are now dozens of companies that are serving those who want to rent an RV for a vacation – just like out rent a vacation home.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.


  1. As a National Park Volunteer I encountered many owners trying to take their (fake) Service Dogs on trails where dogs are prohibited. The prohibitions are for the safety of others on the trail as well as wild animals (who actually live there!). Service Dogs are well trained to provide specific services so that their owners can enjoy life as much as those who do not require a Service Dog. They are trained to stay close to their owners and are trained to not be distracted by other animals. Those that abuse this do a disservice to those that really require a Service Dog and endanger others. There are also some, in my opinion, disreputable business on-line that will provide “certificates” or “cards” for a price but these do not qualify a dog as a Service Dog. The Federal fine for misrepresenting a dog as a Service Dog is $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail. Comfort, emotional and therapy dogs DO NOT QUALIFY as a Service Dog.

  2. A nice thought and good points but the problem/issue is there is no legal or regulatory certification for a service dog (so they’re all fake) AND it’s against the law per the ADA to ask but a few basic questions when confronting someone with a questionable animal. If they answer them properly there’s nothing you can do until such a time as the animal violates the regulations on behavior.
    Sadly many people have and are abusing the ADA regulations just so they can take their little fido or tuffy everywhere with them. Just walk around any shopping center,grocery store,big box store in AZ during snowbird season and you’ll quickly see how bad it’s gotten.