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How to tell a fake service dog

Mar 2, 2019 11:08 PM
Joined Jun, 2018 385 posts

As you are aware, fake service dogs are becoming a problem for VR owners. But it can be difficult to separate the fakes from the real. It is worth spending 15 minutes watching the following two youtube videos. It tells you what to look for to eject a fake dog.

Start at minute 7:30 for valuable part

Watch the whole thing - tells you ways to vet a real service dog.

Stacy S
Mar 5, 2019 12:14 PM
Joined Feb, 2019 31 posts

Thanks for the links! This has a been a big topic of discussion in one of my FB groups. Particularly with owners concerned about Airbnb's policies that exceed both laws and their own stated policies. I removed my listing from Airbnb last year because they unilaterally side with a guest on any dispute regardless of evidence and it looks like ADA compliance for a non-service dog claiming to be a service dog (even for a private homeowner) is not outside of their reach.

Here is a a summary of ADA requirements that I found helpful as well: http://www.bhgrlaw.com/blog/housing-provider-obligations-under-the-fha-and-ada-do-i-need-to-allow-service-assistance-animals-in-my-short-term-vacation-rental/?fbclid=IwAR1txec3dzVVVPUa_naUFaWIbat8O6WG59CriIOTnewRjwWCxZRI5MpmYQA

Mar 5, 2019 4:16 PM
Joined Jun, 2018 385 posts

If I challenge a fake service dog, I will probably film it! Part of me is thinking to go to all pet friendly to avoid the risk, and raise prices and deposits

Mar 5, 2019 4:31 PM
Joined Jun, 2018 385 posts

"Guests that cause Owners indirectly or directly to be delisted from a third party booking agency agree to pay a delisting fee."