The truth is catching up to Brett Bennett. Fast.
As I’ve written multiple times, Bennett has cashed in on millions of views of his YouTube by staging confrontations between his Rottweilers (he only has one now) and other dogs in the Seattle area.
He has also claimed, among other things, that his dogs are service dogs, therapy dogs, or some combination of the two.
He even tried to sneak into Seattle Children’s Hospital twice by claiming his Rottweilers were therapy dogs when in fact the dogs weren’t part of the Hospital’s therapy dog program, nor were they even therapy dogs.
When I made the case that his dogs weren’t service dogs or therapy dogs, he threatened to sue me and said his dog Brutus (the only Rottweiler he has now) was a registered service dog. He also said multiple times that Brutus was a therapy dog because he passed his Canine Good Citizen Test and Therapy Dog Test at the Paw-Abilities Dog Training Center in Fife.
Here are some of the things he wrote after my most recent post about him:
“Maybe you ALL should call Paws Abilities to verify Hank and Brutus ARE Therapy dogs. Dude…Lol, everything you say about me is a lie, lol. At least do your research before opening your mouth, Mr Pregulman, lol.”
“Dude, just stfu and call Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center. You will get burned.”
“Hank and Brutus were Therapy dogs. I trained Brutus into a service dog as he was the better working dog of the two. So Brutus started as a Canine Good Citizen, then Therapy, now service…”
“Um, people…The canine good citizen is most of the therapy dog test and YES paws abilities does have a working dog/service dog course…Please do your research before you act like you know everything..”
“Talk to the owner (of Paws-Abilities) and ask about Hank and Brutus…”
Last night, Paws-Abilities’s owner Jennifer Dotson DID release a statement that, without naming him specifically, refuted Bennett’s claims and minimized his association with them.
Here’s what she wrote. I added the bolding and coloring:
“Recently in the media there has been stories about a gentleman who brought his dogs into our facility (Paws-Abilities) for a Therapy Dog Test through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). This person showed up once in September of 2012 and he came back with two dogs for testing last May. While it seems he took several pictures of himself and his dogs in our facility implying that he trained with us, other than registering for the tests, this man has NO affiliation with us. Therapy Dog Testing is open to everyone…
Yes, the records indicate that they did pass both the Canine Good Citizen Test and the Therapy Dog Test, but after checking with TDI, this person never actually followed through and Registered with TDI as a Therapy Dog Team – The paperwork and fees do not appear to have been sent in – Teams must be registered within 90 days of taking the test or the testing is invalid and must be redone. There is also the ‘Small print’ – Under TDI testing rules, Service Dogs cannot be Therapy Dogs. Therapy Dogs work in hospitals to make others feel better. They do not wear vests – they are supposed to be petted and no one wants to pet a vest. True Service Dogs are trained to ignore others and concentrate on their handler. This person is also claiming that his dog is a ‘Registered’ PTSD Service Dog.and implies that he trained here.
Fact –There is no Registry for Service Dogs – there are scam sites that pretend to ‘Register’ anybody’s dog as a Service Dog for a fee. The word ‘Registered’ tells everyone that this is what he did. True Service Dogs are task-trained to assist their handlers and the training can take years to complete.
Our Owner-Trained Service Dog Teams must complete a documented 120 hours of class-time training to achieve this goal.. Any dog that acts aggressively (i.e. lunging or barking at other dogs or people) would not be accepted into our program or would wash out if this were to occur.”
Ms. Dotson makes it clear: Bennett never registered for any training classes at Paws-Abilities, neither of Bennett’s dogs were ever registered as therapy dogs, and Bennett’s dogs aren’t service dogs.
Oh, and you know how Bennett kept telling his doubters that the owner of Paws-Abilities would verify his claims about his dogs? Here’s the review he posted on the companies Facebook page after it released its statement:
Now you know why I have called Mr. Bennett a scam artist that lies about his dogs to make money on YouTube.