Hey, Puppy-Wuppy! You’re So Cute!
Guide Dogs and Service Dogs are beautiful animals, especially when they’re puppies in training, but there’s an etiquette to keep in mind when you see one on the job!
* Any time you see an animal in a harness or vest know that the dog is working and you should not talk to,
touch or do anything to distract him from his job.
* Do not treat the animal as a pet. He’s a highly trained professional.
* Don’t assume the dog needs your advice or instruction. The only person he should listen to is his handler.
* Don’t try to take control of any situation you assume is unfamiliar to the handler or the dog.
* Don’t walk on the dog’s left side. That’s the side reserved for his handler. Do walk on the right side and
a few paces behind the dog and handler.
* Don’t attempt to grab a hold of or steer anyone with a guide dog. Always ask the handler if any
assistance is needed.
* Be patient and polite to both the handler and the dog. You’ll be impressed with their skills!
* A handler and dog have a special bond and both are constantly learning.
* Never try to feed a trained dog. Part of the special bond between a handler and his dog is the master’s
responsibility to provide well balanced nutrition for the working dog.
* Never allow children to tease or abuse a service animal. Teach children to respect the special job a
service animal has to do.
* Don’t allow your family pet(s) to challenge or engage a service animal when it’s working.
* Never encourage a service animal to disobey it’s master. That includes inviting a service dog to jump up
on furniture when it’s against the master’s rules.
* Never allow a service dog to go outside unsupervised. Understand and appreciate its value to it’s handler.
* Always talk to the handler, not the dog. You might cause the dog to make a serious mistake.
The relationship between a handler and a working dog is a special brand of teamwork. Appreciate it, honor it and respect it.
If you know of a handler and his/her special working dog who would like to share their story let us know. Heroes are always welcome here!