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http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triad/news/2018/02/16/accommodating-a-service-dog

Community rallies for man to be allowed to bring service dog to work
Spectrum News-Feb 16, 2018
HIGH POINT -- There was a peaceful rally in High Point Friday with two and four legged supporters. Ronnie Massey served in the Gulf War and came home with PTSD. Just last year he was introduced to Saving Grace K9s. "We all went in there and they brought her in and she came right straight up to me
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1. You cannot descrimimate against a dog.
2. You cannot just bring your dog to work without approval.
3. You cannot bring an aggressive dog in public.
4. "Calms a person with PTSD" does not automatically make your dog a service dog.
5. There is no evidence the dog's breed caused the delay.

Basically nothing in this article was correct.
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"Unique"... Maybe unique to that one school, but they make it sound like it's the only college where this is done. X- D

I interpreted this use of unique as meaning special or rare, as opposed to "one of a kind." So like it's a special and cool opportunity for the students to have the chance to raise SDs, not that SSD is the only SD program with college puppy raisers. Don't know if that makes sense.
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This is a good, wholesome article :smile:

I love that they included multiple working dogs and provided instances of retirement and washing out due to disinterest.
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"Unique"... Maybe unique to that one school, but they make it sound like it's the only college where this is done. X- D
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Yep. This guy is shady as heck. I would not do business with a company who didn't issue refunds or replacement but "retraining" is not the only solution he can offer and he knows it. Some dogs should not be working dogs, as evidence from his other articles about him. Dogs who attack men and children in their own homes do not need "retraining", they need to be retired asap and that family deserves their money back.
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Right, because a well trained, well socialized dog with the proper temperament for service work will develop all those problems from one plane ride.

Ugh. So many things wrong here.
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http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_d2fee4f0-1518-11e8-8785-b33089896036.html
Meet the service dogs raised by Penn State students
The Daily Collegian Online-Feb 19, 2018
The non-profit organization Susquehanna Service Dogs gives Penn State students a unique opportunity — to raise a service dog through a Campus Puppy Raising Program. The program has six, eight-month-old dogs. A few younger puppies were just added to the program. The student raisers have to teach the dogs basic ...
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How disturbing. "Lifetime training" says it all.  If they were washing out the correct number of dogs, and doing team training properly, this would happen only is extremely rare circumstances. Remember the Monty Python parrot sketch?

I hadn't thought of it before, but maybe legislation should target commercial vendors of service dogs. The product must be fit for the purpose intended, which means if the dog isn't functioning properly after placement, the customer can return it for a refund.  And if the vendor is operating in good faith, they wouldn't object because if the dog is properly trained, it could be sold to someone else. 

This guy knows what he's doing. His dogs are probably okay in limited public situations when handled by a pro, and they have been taught to alert.  But that is hugely different from being ready to function with a client who may be a complete novice to dog handling. He doesn't want to issue refunds because he'd be out of business.
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https://www.marketplace.org/2018/02/19/life/even-dogs-need-experience-get-job
Even dogs need to have experience to get a job
Marketplace.org-Feb 19, 2018
Patch, a service dog, picks up an arm strap with a stylus for his owner Annette Ramirez. - Courtesy Annette Ramirez. After a year and a half of basic coursework, six months of professional training, and a final exam, Patch — a Labrador-golden retriever mix — was ready to become an assistance dog for Annette Ramirez.
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