Is that a service dog in your shopping cart?

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

On this episode, hosts Robert and Michele Forto talk about service dogs and some of the ways that people are trying to abuse this system on this episode of Dog Works Radio.

Every day we see more and more people “cheating” the system by bringing fake service dogs into the local grocery stores and other businesses. Before you get excited and say, “wait a sec, how do you know they are fake?” The most obvious way to tell is the dog is not trained in the store. They are pulling on the leash, they are knocking things over, and heaven forbid they have a accident on the floor. Believe me, we see that more often than we can count.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • What is a service dog?
  • What if a service dog snaps or growls in public?
  • What can business owners do about service dogs?
  • What identification am I supposed to carry with my service dog?

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Michele Forto’s Bio:

Michele Forto is the host of our Daily Dog broadcast here on Dog Works Radio. She is also the lead trainer at Alaska Dog Works and works with clients and their dogs on basic obedience, therapy and service dogs.

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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