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Offline Merlin the Elder

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Did Pet Policy Change??
« on: February 18, 2016, 12:04:34 PM »
I noticed a lot of dogs at Sherwood opening weekend. Some were service dogs, but there were quite a few that were not ID'd as such.  Has there been a change from what is posted on the website?
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Re: Did Pet Policy Change??
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 04:14:48 PM »
Supposedly, only service dogs with a vest would be allowed in. The only two that I had seen that did not meet that criteria are the wolf hounds which I believe were "cast".
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Re: Did Pet Policy Change??
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2016, 07:43:35 PM »
I saw a number of others. Not complaining, mind you... it just caught me off guard, and I was queried about the policy.
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Re: Did Pet Policy Change??
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2016, 01:07:05 PM »
Since I provide ADA assistance animal training for the SWFF staff, I believe I can provide a definitive opinion on this matter.

Folks have mentioned not seeing a ADA certified vest on the dogs. Actually, there is no such thing. There is not a government agency that provides these. There are, however, many online companies selling such vests and certificates.

Per the federal and Texas state ADA regulations, we cannot demand any proof that a dog (per Texas law, only dogs can be service animals) is a service animal. We can only ask two questions. Depending on the answers, we must determine if the dog meets the requirements. The dog can be either a service (assistance) animal or a comfort (emotional support) animal. The first can be in the Faire area, the second cannot.

If anyone wants more details, I have the full printout of the Texas ADA service animal regulation. Catch me in Faire and I'll show you, or you can search online (such as Texas ADA service animals).

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Re: Did Pet Policy Change??
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2016, 08:45:13 PM »
Thanks, Mike. As I said, it wasn't a complaint, but merely an observation. I had seen service dogs on site before, but never that many. The record attendance may explain that!
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Did Pet Policy Change??
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 04:22:30 AM »
Since I provide ADA assistance animal training for the SWFF staff, I believe I can provide a definitive opinion on this matter.

Folks have mentioned not seeing a ADA certified vest on the dogs. Actually, there is no such thing. There is not a government agency that provides these. There are, however, many online companies selling such vests and certificates.

Per the federal and Texas state ADA regulations, we cannot demand any proof that a dog (per Texas law, only dogs can be service animals) is a service animal. We can only ask two questions. Depending on the answers, we must determine if the dog meets the requirements. The dog can be either a service (assistance) animal or a comfort (emotional support) animal. The first can be in the Faire area, the second cannot.

If anyone wants more details, I have the full printout of the Texas ADA service animal regulation. Catch me in Faire and I'll show you, or you can search online (such as Texas ADA service animals).

Enough said.
What a well stated reply! Now that I have a service dog of my own I am always ready to explain the ins and outs or at least as much as I can. I am also happy to hear that there is a person dedicated to training the staff at the faire about service animals and ADA laws. Thank you for making my heart happy. I am hoping I will get to take Millie out there this year.


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