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I was just curious how most of you would feel if a player you were paired with brought their service dog with them to the course? I usually tend to play on deal times in my local area and am paired with other players or groups. I prefer to play with my dog if I'm not with friends as she alerts me to, interrupts and provides assistance for occasional balance and vision loss issues. The dog is familiar with golf courses, does not interfere with wildlife, set foot in hazards or bunkers or on the putting greens. My primary concerns are slowing pace of play for other players by walking instead of riding and taking the time to give the dog commands between shots so she knows what to do.  Also just making sure everyone is comfortable as I know some people aren't too fond of dogs. 

What would you think if you were paired with someone playing who has a service dog accompany them and what else could I maybe do to make it as easy going for another player or group?

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I’m a dog person and would have no issue at all as long as the dog is a good pup. Especially if it’s a service dog. And if someone were to be a prick let them play on don’t need that BS

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I would find it fascinating, and a great experience, to see you enjoy playing with your service dog.

I am not really a dog fan, though have no issue when a dog is under control and well behaved, as service/assistance dogs invariably are.  If people have a problem then 'stuff em' and enjoy playing with others, and hopefully the doubters will change their attitude when they see the dog 'working' on the course.

I would say the important thing is for you to explain to your playing partners what the situation is, so they are aware of what to expect, as it will most likely be a new experience for them.  They will also have a chance to see how well behaved the dog is as you are warming up or on the practice green.  

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I am a dog person too and would have absolutely no problem in that case. In fact I would have no problem in any case as long as the dog is behaved. I know Service Dogs are trained and needed to assist folks and that is a great thing. Anyone that has a problem with someone using a service dog in any situation is a total ass especially if a veteran is involved. In a nutshell anyone with a service dog whether they are a veteran or not is welcome to play with me any where any time

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The world is changing and as people’s perceptions and tolerances adjust over time, I hope we see scenarios like this occur more often.


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I'd love to see more people getting out to enjoy a round if they were able to freely bring their service dog with them. And let's face it - anyone who has a problem with you bringing a service dog with you to help if you become impaired is probably not someone you want to spend 18 holes with.

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One of the guys in our league brings his dog along - she fits on the back of the cart through out the round. I don't have a problem - especially with a service dog they always seem to be very well behaved.. 

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No issue for me but then I'm a dog lover.  It's great that "man's best friend" can also support someone's unique medical needs. 

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Dogs are awesome, and a ton of courses around here either have clubhouse dogs or some hunting breeds to chase geese and groundhogs.

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I think I would enjoy a dog on the course. I'd welcome your service dog. My dog, however ... he hates not being included in a game, and hates giving up whatever's in his mouth without some sort of bribe being offered.

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Hi Everyone,
I was just curious how most of you would feel if a player you were paired with brought their service dog with them to the course? I usually tend to play on deal times in my local area and am paired with other players or groups. I prefer to play with my dog if I'm not with friends as she alerts me to, interrupts and provides assistance for occasional balance and vision loss issues. The dog is familiar with golf courses, does not interfere with wildlife, set foot in hazards or bunkers or on the putting greens. My primary concerns are slowing pace of play for other players by walking instead of riding and taking the time to give the dog commands between shots so she knows what to do.  Also just making sure everyone is comfortable as I know some people aren't too fond of dogs. 
What would you think if you were paired with someone playing who has a service dog accompany them and what else could I maybe do to make it as easy going for another player or group?

Not a problem. I like dogs more than a lot of people and special dogs like that are great with me.


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Thanks everyone for the positive responses. That makes me feel a lot better about bringing the dog on the course with me in the future! Here's a dog pic as a thank you to everyone 
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Great looking Pup


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I had a dog (yellow lab) that went everywhere with me. She was not a service dog, but very well behaved. No one minded because she had no effect on play. The only issue was she had to visit every water hazard.

 

I’ve had many dogs since but since they are not as well behaved, they get to stay home. It is like most things. Playing partners generally couldn’t care less what or who you have with you as long as it doesn’t interfere their joy of playing.

 

I’ve had friends bring children with them and enjoyed them, and others I did not. I had one friend that had a disabled child that I played with for 10 years and it was great. He would tee off last and hit the ball 10’. And we would hear “Go get Doc, and I’ll come pick you up.” Then he would come hold the flag when we putted. It was some thing that added to the experience and enjoyment rather than detract.

 

 

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In the mid 1980’s my SWMBO who is a true bunny hugger got the idea that we should raise a guide dog. Our daughters who were around 10 were going to help. After a family meeting that I didn’t get a vote in we applied for the opportunity. We got a crazy yellow lab ****** that was awesome. We as a family did everything by the book for training including the twice a month evaluation meetings.
The day we had to turn her in for the expert/final training was a heartbreaker.
After a couple months we got an invitation to attend her Graduation with her new master. The four of us trucked off to New York State and met her owner and all the other graduates. No dry eyes in our family.
We spent the day meeting people at the training center and gained a new appreciation for the people that do this and the awesome pups.
Our daughters hated to part with her but knew they did good!


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On 3/14/2020 at 11:06 PM, JB2123 said:

Hi Everyone,

I was just curious how most of you would feel if a player you were paired with brought their service dog with them to the course? I usually tend to play on deal times in my local area and am paired with other players or groups. I prefer to play with my dog if I'm not with friends as she alerts me to, interrupts and provides assistance for occasional balance and vision loss issues. The dog is familiar with golf courses, does not interfere with wildlife, set foot in hazards or bunkers or on the putting greens. My primary concerns are slowing pace of play for other players by walking instead of riding and taking the time to give the dog commands between shots so she knows what to do.  Also just making sure everyone is comfortable as I know some people aren't too fond of dogs. 

What would you think if you were paired with someone playing who has a service dog accompany them and what else could I maybe do to make it as easy going for another player or group?

Wouldn't have a problem at all, to a well trained dog that helps you enjoy the game. I think it would be a treat. Don't worry about pace of play, most people play slower in carts, as they have no idea how to properly play with the cart partner anyway. I find walking is so much faster and more enjoyable.

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I have no problem at all with well-behaved dogs on the course with their masters.  You sound like a considerate person, making sure the dog doesn't bother anyone.  But its important to remember that not all dogs are so well-behaved, and not all owners are so considerate, so some golf clubs could frown on the presence of animals in general.  I can see someone complaining to management "He gets to bring his dog, why can't I?"  I don't claim to know the laws around service animals,  its quite possible that management cannot prohibit them on the course, but you could be putting the course management in a difficult position.

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On 3/15/2020 at 8:29 AM, Shankster said:

Welcomed. Seems to be gaining traction in the UK to let dogs come out anyways. A well behaved dog, especially a service dog shouldn’t be a bother.

I’d rather have 18 holes worth of dogs out there than 18 holes worth of Slim Shady blasting from carts.

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