I'm starting to become afraid of "service dogs", and now, I feel more frightened by "service dogs" than I am by the typical dog. Let me relay two anecdotes for this fear: The latest was when I was walking with my wife around my neighborhood Sunday evening. We were enjoying the 78 degree relatively cool evening walking around our neighborhood. In front of us was a teenaged girl on her cellphone with a mostly grown German Shepherd Dog with a "service dog" type vest on. The dog was at the end of one of the 15 foot or so retractible leashes, and I thought it was walking loose at first. It started coming for me and my wife, not really aggressively, but not wagging it's tail either. My wife was mauled by a dog as a child (surgeon stopped counting the stitches on her face at 300), and is afraid of most larger dogs (she's gotten better in the almost 23 years I've been with ther, but I think she just got a relapse). The dog was coming towards us, my wife started panicking, the girl started yelling at the dog (to no avail, that dog did not respect her order a bit). I got in between the dog and my wife, and my hand was actually nipped by the dog (i.e. I felt teeth on my skin, as well as got dog saliva all over my hand). That is the first time I've ever been bitten by a dog that wasn't my own puppy. No, it didn't leave a mark, much less break the skin, but it rattled me a bit (and my wife much more). It was partly my fault, because of my stupid assumption that a vest saying service dog meant that the dog had been trained. Normally, when big dogs approach I get in between the dog and my wife immediately. Another similar incident happened to me about a year ago, again with a vestedd service dog, this time a Great Dane. I had been sailing with my wife (both of us in individual Sunfish sailboats), and had beached my boat so I could help her with her boat. I ended up leaving her with her boat, and walked up the beach to mine. There was a family with a Great Dane with a vest on. I was on the beach (not in their direct area), and the dog bounded towards me. When it was about 5 feet from me, it was stopped by the owner, as she was shouting "he's a service dog" at me. Scared me to have 150+ pounds of angry dog coming for me. A service dog should not be approaching other people. Anyway, the point is, that unless I can tell the owner has an obvious disability, my new assumption is that a service dog is an undisciplined faux service dog, and is probably more dangerous than any other dog I will encounter, primarily because it's owners are undisciplined dog owners who think they need mental health support from a dog. To me it's a shame that these people that are pretending to have service dogs in order to allow their dogs to be able to go into no pet areas, are making me look at real service dogs with suspicion. I'm usually against laws about things like this, but we need to set up some kind of real service dog certification. I'm tired of being scared and concerned about these faux service dogs. I'm all for real service dogs. I think they are a great asset for the blind, especially. I just don't like these faux service dogs tarnishing the good name of the real service dogs.