How are service dogs trained in the event it is attacked by another dog?

Question by gemini6187: How are service dogs trained in the event it is attacked by another dog?
How would a service dog react in such case it is attacked by another dog or animal?

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Answer by TheRavenAZ
Most dogs defend themselves when attacked. A service dog (SD) is no different. Some will, some won’t. Doing so doesn’t mean the dog isn’t a LEGITIMATE SD like others would like you to believe – and should know better. Claiming a LEGITIMATE SD wouldn’t fight back is nothing more than an opinion. Nowhere in Federal ADA law does it state that a SD cannot defend itself if attacked

Common sense would state that if a strange dog snapped at a SD it wouldn’t retaliate. But if a SD is being torn apart, unless it’s brain dead it’s not going to stand by and allow it.

It’s on a lead – where’s it going to hide? Behind the owner? The owner is disabled – that would put the owner in severe danger, especially if the leash got tangled around their legs. They could fall, injuring themselves and be put in a dangerous face to face position with an aggressive dog.

Get away – run? It’s again attached to it’s handler by a lead. In the case of a seeing eye dog, an unexpected hard pull to one side could make the person fall to the ground – and then they’re at face – and neck level with an attacking dog they cannot see. That could be deadly.

Submit? Let itself be killed? My LEGITIMATE SD is far too valuable and essential to my everyday LEGITIMATE life. My dog has never even growled, let alone been in a fight, but I’d hope she wouldn’t just lay down and die.

Drop the leash? Are you kidding? So that the SD can run off, chased by an aggressive dog, to be possibly ripped to shreads at some unknown location where the owner cannot assist or locate it? Or to possibly get hit by a car? (even those trained to avoid cars could get frazzled being chased by an aggressive dog) My SD is far too important to me to just drop the leash, leave her to deal with the danger alone and just hope for the best. We’re a team. It makes me sick to think someone could.

They’re not trained to attack. They’re not trained to be aggressive. But they’re not wet noodles either.

But, since it’s a SD, depending on the laws of your state, the owner of the dog that attacked it would be guilty of a misdemeanor and financially responsible for any training costs needed to retrain or resocialize the SD. Some SD’s cannot continue their service after an attack. If that’s the case the owner of the dog that attacked would have to reimburse for the dog and training or for a new service dog.

For clarification, ALL service dogs are highly and specifically trained (professional or by owner) regardless of the service they provide. There are NO exceptions. Although some SD’s may be previous pets, they still must be highly trained – even seizure and diabetic alert dogs. NO exceptions.

Emotional Support Animals are animals that provide comfort and do not need specific or specialized task training. All they have to be is obedience trained. However, they do not have public access nor are considered service dogs.

ADD: to MiriahLeadMe

I also usually agree with your answers but in this case I can’t. I had to study ADA law inside and out to become an investigator of SD law. Nowhere does it say a SD cannot defend itself if being attacked. NOWHERE. So this must be some sort of implied rule made up by a SD training organization – like the “service dog must perform 3 or more tasks” fallacy (this is said nowhere in ADA law – only that they must perform A task).

It’s also unfortunate that the word Legitimate was used to claim that other SD’s would not be so. This prejudice some have against owner trained (OT) service dogs is shameful, as if every single OT service dog is badly trained and unprofessional. Not everyone is rich enough to afford a professionally trained SD and denying them this important tool that would help them regain their independence, just because of economic status, is discriminatory and shameful. I’ve run into some extraordinarily well trained OT service dogs and some professionally trained (PT) ones that needed further training. And although there are some OT SD’s who give the well trained ones a bad name, disallowing ALL OT SD’s would be discriminatory and debilitating to many poor disabled people. Each should be judged on their own merits. It’s sad that many people have such a hatred for OT service dogs, but it seems to be prevalent in PT service dog owners with superiority complexes. They paid a fortune for theirs, so everyone else should have to as well. If they can’t, they don’t deserve one.

It’s a Civil Right for a qualified disabled person to have a SD. Denying them one because of economic status would be a civil right violation and discriminatory. That’s why OT service dogs were included in service dog law. As an investigator, I follow the law. The law says that OT service dogs are legal – and legitimate.


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Can home insurance companies completely deny you because you have a dog that attacked someone at one point?

Question by Mark G: Can home insurance companies completely deny you because you have a dog that attacked someone at one point?
I’m going to try to keep this short.. just know that, this is for my dog and I’m trying to save him… he’s a 10 year old Akita.
A year ago, our family dog bit someone. They sued for an insane amount of money, but it wasn’t our fault completely, so our home insurance and their health insurance settled out of court for a lot less. Still, the settlement was expensive, and our home insurance didn’t like covering a 6-digit figure claim because of the dog so they dropped us.
Since then, all home insurance companies don’t want to cover us, “even if we don’t have a dog”, this information is by my father who doesn’t like the dog already.
There is only one house insurance that will cover us, according to my father, but they will only cover us if we don’t have a dog, and even then they will charge 4 times as much.
I’m not old enough to completely understand how insurance and claims and contracts work, but I’m just trying to save my dog, because my father is going to put him to sleep by the end of this month. I just need a good starting point or phone numbers that could maybe discredit what my father has been saying, or anything that could help. We live in Southern California. Apparently Akitas are listed as vicious, but at the age of 10, he’s old enough to be mellow, but still too young to put to sleep. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you all very much for the quick responses, although not the greatest news :-\
I guess I’ve just heard from others that insurance companies can offer a liability waiver, sort of like car insurance companies do. In that way, owners and insurance companies agree that the animal will not be covered.
He’s a nice dog, we refuse to put him to sleep, worst case scenario is that he will live with someone else. Thank you all again.

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Answer by Shannon G
I have heard that insurance companies won’t cover people with certain breeds of dogs due to the liability.

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