Watching a pro in action

By Connie Orcutt • Published: July 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

When you see a service dog, you’re looking at a trained professional whose laser focus is aimed on the safety of one person. That’s why it’s important for you to act appropriately in turn.

Even if you’re an unabashed dog lover, refrain from petting a service dog. A moment’s distraction could break the dog’s focus and result in serious consequences. Always speak to the dog’s handler instead of approaching or speaking to the dog directly. Likewise, never give a service dog a treat or do something the handler is unaware of.

In general, yield to the handler and service dog duo, since they’re at a relative disadvantage. However, if the dog is obstructing your path, let the handler know instead of taking matters into your own hands.

In short, let a service dog do what he does so well. It’s an amazing thing to behold.