What To Do When You See A Service Dog

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This Dog is not wearing a service dog vest, but it was the only free photo I could find of a service dog.

Hello! Today I am going to write about service dogs. Service dogs are very helpful for people who have a disability. They can help in so many ways. Some of the ways are: Picking up things, Guiding the blind, opening doors, and can even tell if you have high or low blood sugar (those are called diabetic alert dogs). Now that you know that service dogs are a big help to people, I am going to share what you should do if you see a dog service dog out in public.

DO NOT PET THE DOG! There is a reason why the dogs have a “do not pet” sign on their vest. It’s not because the dog is mean, and they would not be aggressive otherwise the dog could not be a service animal because then people could be at risk of getting hurt. It because it could distract the dog from helping their owner, and if you distract them from their owner, the owner could easily get hurt.

Don’t make noises that could distract the dog. This is kind of the same thing as petting you don’t want the dog to be distracted away from its owner. The best thing to do is just ignore the dog. I know, I know, dogs are cute and you want to say aww, but trust me the best thing for the owner and the dog is just to be quiet and not to distract the dog.

Don’t make any rude comments. What I mean by this is don’t say “Get your dog away from me before it bites me”, or “I have allergies”. I know not everyone has had a great experience with dogs, but service dogs are nice dogs and will not attack you. They go through two years of training so don’t worry about the dog attacking you. If you have allergies, just ovoid being near the dog, or if you on a plane take an allergy pill.

If you see a dog, with the service dog vest on, approaching you, FOLLOW THE DOG. That could mean the owner is hurt, and the dog is trying to get some help. So follow the dog and see if its owner needs help.

Next time you see a service dog with its owner just ignore it, because the owner could be depending on its life on the dog. You don’t want to be the reason why someone was to get hurt. I hope you found this post informational! Have a nice day!

9 thoughts on “What To Do When You See A Service Dog”

  1. Those are some great tips! It’s hard to not want to pet the dog, but like you it’s best to ignore the dog. They are trained so they won’t do anything to you.
    -haley

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