Seminar for businesses explains service dog laws

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids business owners have the chance Saturday to learn about service dog laws in Michigan.

The free workshop is designed to help businesses understand their rights when clients with service dogs come visit.

It comes after a veteran was turned away from The Holiday Bar in November when he tried bringing his service dog in. The Holiday Bar later apologized.

Jenn Gavin started her business A Pleasant Dog a few years ago when her son was diagnosed with autism. In addition to offering Puppy 101 classes and private lessons, she trains service dogs.

That’s why she thought she could help when she heard the social media backlash and community confusion after management at the Holiday Bar refused to serve a veteran and his service dog.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised. When we’re out training our service dogs-in-training, we frequently are asked to leave because most business owners don’t know the state of the law,” said Gavin.

It can be hard for business owners to know if they’re being taken in by a person who just didn’t want to leave man’s best friend home alone or if the person has a legal right to be accompanied by the dog.

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