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Service Dog Ettiquette

It's important to be aware of how to behave when in the presence of a service, or working dog.  These dogs are allowed in any public place, so it's really the public's duty to be informed.

* Don't speak to the dog.  Always speak to the owner first, to ask permission to speak to their dog.  The dog must stay alert to it's owner at all times and you might cause it to become distracted.
* Only the owner should deliver commands to the dog.
* Do not be intrusive in questioning the owner about their disability.  It's just rude.
* Do not pet or touch the dog in any way.  Also, do not allow children to run around the dog or pet it either.
*Carefully monitor, and keep at a safe distance, all dogs that might encounter a service dog.
*Never offer food to a service dog.
*Never take things away from a service dog once it has retrieved something.
*It's your job to remove yourself from the situation if you're afraid or allergic to dogs.  The owner and the dog have every right to be in public.

Always respect working service dogs


  1. THIS is very good information. Our mom went to College with a fella who had a service dog... He rode to class with Mom... It was mom's job to take "Clifford" out to Potty and to give him his Lunch and drinks... BUTT she Only did those thingys when the fella took Clifford's HARNESS Off and Handed his Least to Mom.

  2. Much needed information. There is a lot of people who are clueless about this!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Respect indeed as they do a wonderful job. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Very good postie!! It's always tempting to pet the cute doggies
    Ruby ♥


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