If You See a Service Dog Alone, Don’t Just Pet It!
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If You See a Service Dog Alone, Don’t Just Pet It!

How to Deal with Service Dogs. What would you do if a dog wearing some sort of vest randomly approached you without an owner in sight? Pet it, call animal control, or ignore it? Today’s video will certainly teach you a thing or two when it comes to service dogs. These sorts of dogs are totally misunderstood and underestimated. No, they’re not just pets for disabled people, they don’t want your belly rubs or treats, and you absolutely should NOT ignore one if it approaches you without its owner around.

What service dogs are. 1:22
What if a service dog approaches you without its owner? 2:42
What if a service dog is with its owner? 4:23
Let the service dog perform its job alone. 6:22
Can I talk to service dog handlers? 7:12
Where are service dogs allowed? 8:15
Is it okay to ask someone for some legal documentation proving that their service dog is legit? 10:44


-The Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA) puts it like this: a service dog is “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.”
-This special dog wants your undivided attention because its handler needs help! It might be an emergency situation in which its owner needs human assistance that the dog can’t provide.
-The law mandates that you never ever interact with a service dog while they’re with their owners. These dogs have a job to do, they’re on the clock, they don’t need you disturbing them during working hours, and the law totally agrees.
-You must NOT approach or attempt to help, even if you see a dog pulling a wheelchair or giving its owner medicine. This animal is literally an expert when it comes to serving its owner and responding to their needs.
-Talk to service dog handlers like any other individual, and don’t violate their privacy, especially when it comes to the details of their disability and their service dog.
-Service animals are allowed in places that the general public uses as long as they’re accompanied by their handler. These places include parks, restaurants, shops, and even public transportation.
-Under federal law, to ask someone for some legal documentation proving that their service dog is legit is not allowed and the owner is not obligated to do so.

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