One of the definitions for manners is “good form.” The wonderful high school student who helps me with social media was traveling recently. The family had their adorable poodle with them. She had gone in several shops with them, but when they got to a particular big box store, they asked (good manners) and were told they could not bring her in. Then the friendly clerk said, “She is so cute. You should just go online and order a service dog in training vest for her.” (Cue sound of Clare’s head exploding when my assistant told me.) This sort of action is bad form, bad manners and IMMORAL BEHAVIOR.
This behavior is lying and cheating. It’s cheating because people who need service dogs and who have well-behaved service dogs have issues because of the bad behavior of others. Imagine being challenged or harassed in public because someone thinks your service dog should not be allowed. Then imagine that part of your disability makes it difficult for you to interact with people sometimes; you just want to go quietly to the grocery store and have your dog help you with physical or other issues.
So, manners, people!! Thinking about others as well as just what is fun or easy for you is part of good manners.
(Tank is a service dog-in-training for vetstovetsunited.org and I love working with him!)