What the ADA does in fact sayI went to law school and studied the ADA extensively. The def of a service dog is very, very broad, as anyone familiar with the statute knows. I am definitely disabled. The question is what is his "service." It isn't behavior--if anything, he is more rambunctious and impatient than most dogs, despite continued training (without treats). But can his very existence, and innate "cuteness" be a service?
My doctor has strongly pushed for me to utilize him as a service dog, wrote a letter to the effect that he is, etc. And given the broad nature of he ADA mandate, I am currently using him as such. But the other day I was subjected to a screaming tirade by a man (probably with severe mental problems) who said he had a right to know what his skill was,
I wouldn't say that the ADA was vague, and I have to also say that I don't think your dog does sound like a bona fide service dog.Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
That is not to say that he is not great comfort to you, and a valuable little creature, but not a service dog as per the ADA