ASSISTANCE DOG ETIQUETTE

The following information listed below are suggestions that Assistance Dogs For Living recommends when meeting or interacting with an Assistance Dog team in public. This same etiquette applies to Assistance Puppies in training.

DO’S and DON’TS

DON’Tdistract the dog from their working position by calling, clapping, or offering food.
DO allow the Assistance Dog to serve as a working partner without distraction.

DON’Tattempt to pet or touch an Assistance Dog this also applies to your children and dogs;
DO speak to the person not to the dog when greeting an Assistance Dog team.

DON’T be insulted if your request to pet the Assistance Dog is not granted;
DO understand that releasing the dog to greet you might distract the dogs attentiveness to their partner.

DON’T automatically tell the person that there are no dogs allowed.
DO ask if the dog with them is an Assistance Dog. If they say yes no further access questions are necessary.

DON’T assume that the dog is not an Assistance Dog because the person doesn�t look disabled;
DO  observe the conduct and interaction between the person and the dog. If the dog is being attentive to his or her partner and functioning close to them, you are looking at the main characteristics of an Assistance Dog.

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