"it is clear that the noise, crowds and confusion at a large special event like Territory Days greatly impairs the Service Dog's ability to perform, rendering many Dogs almost useless to detect seizures and allergies as they go on sensory overload. By all accounts, a Service Dog performs best in an controlled and calm environment. Special events are loud, chaotic and nerve racking."
I was personally involved with a service dog who was trained to detect seizures some years ago. One day, I was walking through Wal-Mart on a particularly busy day with the disabled person, and his companion.
This dog started pulling toward the front if the store and became unusually insitent. We thought he needed to go out and relieve himself, but as we followed him (because he was obviously troubled), he took us several isles over to where we found a man lying on the floor having a seizure. I can tell you that there was no problems with over-stimulation affecting that dog's ability to do what he was gifted with.
And yes, this person suffered many demeaning moments where ignorant people told him they could "see'' he wasn't blind, so therefore needed to take his "service animal" outside.
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