I would point them to the ADA for a response.I need some help from those of you that have service dogs. I am about to start Graduate school and I am looking at rental properties that are closer to the college, than the home I own. I have been very frustrated by all the ignorant people that apply breed restrictions to "aggressive" breeds. At first I just passed these places up because I was extremely offended by this statement, but I am starting to learn that they all seem to have this view.
Here is my problem. My previous service dog died, last year. I am training a new puppy and she already is performing several behaviors that help me out but she isn't finished yet. (still to young to teach some behaviors or to expect her to be "on the ball" 100% of the time. Plus we have just entered the dober-teens- oh joy!)
Since she is a Doberman, these landlords are giving me a harder time then I assume they would with another breed. They have asked me to provide proof that she is a service dog. I am not sure how to do this. What are my rights here? where does the burden of proof lie? and what constitutes reasonable proof?
Its not like I am trying to game the system. Because of these issues, I will have to leave my husband and other Doberman in our home 3 hours away. The fact that I will be living alone, means I need the help of a dog, even more. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with this?
Here is a link to a PDF produced by the ADA
They cannot require any type of ID or certification but they can ask you what behaviors your dog has been trained to do.
Since she is a young dog and cannot do all of the behaviors she eventually will - you need to be able to clearly define what she currently does. You may also explain what behaviors you expect her to perform when she is mature.
I would provide the above listed PDF to the landlords and a description of her behaviors when you inquire about housing.