National Dog Day

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 26, 2016
  • 1 Comment
  • Disability Awareness

Service DogsIn honor of National Dog Day, we’re offering tips for how to act around service dogs – dogs that offer assistance to those with special needs.

It’s important to remember that service dogs are not pets. They are working dogs for those who have disabilities and/or serious health conditions. A service dog’s attention while working should be devoted to its owner and his or her wellbeing. That's why you should always proceed with caution and respect when you approach a service dog. Here are some basic guidelines to follow when interacting with a service dog:

  1. Address the person first.
  2. Do not touch the service dog without asking for (and receiving) permission.
  3. Do not distract the dog by making unnecessary noises or movements.
  4. Not everyone with a service dog is open to talking about their disability; if you inquire, do so kindly with the understanding that he or she may not wish to share information with you.

For more information, visit our Help & Resources page!

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I have a seizure alert dog named Sheila. She is a spirited flat-coated retriever who would love to play with anyone. I know it's hard to not talk to dogs, especially if they're cute, but they need to keep their attention on their person and some are more easily distracted than others. Also please do not pretend that your pet is a service animal just so you can take it out in public. It sheds a bad light on true service animals who have an actual job to do.
  • Sept. 25, 2016
  • 5:32 p.m.
  • Brianna