Gathering Team Member
- May 6, 2011
I think you were conned. Strangers should NOT pet service dogs, at least while they're working, and handlers should not encourage it. And they should not be climbing onto things or people. And why would she need 2 service dogs.On our recent AutoTrain trip we were surprised to see several service dogs. This included two chihuahuas seated next to us. I was surprised that the handler encouraged us to pet them, She said they had received certification after training courses but it was hard to tell as one tried to climb in my lap. But we were glad to get our dog fix!
I asked how the dogs relieved themselves and she said service dogs are allowed off the train at the Florence, SC service stop in the middle of the night and the SCA wakes them up before arrival there. I do wonder what happens when the train is delayed significantly as one trip we experienced.