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Information about Service Dogs

June 19, 2014

You see them in restaurants, grocery stores, maybe even on an airplane, usually wearing a brightly colored vest. They are service dogs, also known as assistance dogs, trained to help people with disabilities. Service dogs are often known by names associated with their task.

When we encounter a service dog in public, we should assume they are assisting their owner. The basic rules for interacting with service dogs are:

We need to be especially considerate of people with service dogs. It’s not that they wouldn’t love to talk; it’s that we need to make sure we don’t interrupt their lives or their dog’s work.

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