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What to do when you meet an Assistance Dog

A lot of people want to just run up and pet Chloe so i am trying to get the word out ,I know Chloe is soo sweet but she is a life saver to me.

The role of the Assistance Dog is to assist the handler in a variety of ways. It is primarily a medical assistance aid and should be treated as such.

1.) DO not pet, make noises, or call to the Assistance Dog.
If the dog is wearing its harness/ vest/ backpacks, this means it is working and should never be patted, or distracted by having its name called. be given excessive eye contact, noises made at it , or made the center of attention. These may all cause the dog to take its concentration off the job and put the handler's safety at risk.

2) Do not feed the dog.
The Assistance Dog is fed a balanced diet by its handler. Other people should never feed the Assistance Dog. It may then learn to be on the lookout for tidbits. which will distract the dog and place the handler's safety at risk. It may also lead to obesity and health problems. possibly causing the dogs working life to be shortened,

3) Talk to the handler, and not to the dog!.

thanks for your help shirley

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Comment by tmana on May 28, 2009 at 3:46pm
Thanks for the reminders, Shirley!

Also, it helps to remember that Service Animals may be assisting people without obvious disabilities (such as Diabetes Assistance Dogs and Psychological Assistance Dogs), or they may be in training to be able to certify as assistance animals. Keeping a professional attitude towards them keeps them professional and may save the lives of their human partners.


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