Service Dog Etiquette

When you see a Team out in public, please respect the Service Dog Team’s privacy and don’t ask for our personal information such as:

1.) Their disability, diagnoses, symptoms, or prognoses. Our right to privacy is protected by Law, the same as yours and everyone else's.

2.) By Law, other than the owner of a business or establishment. Asking the Dog's Name or Job is none of your business. In fact you are placing the handler in a potentially dangerous situation by distracting, whistling, calling the dog by name or making kissy noises at the dog or handler while it is working or training. ​


3.) Can You or Your Kids Pet Me? Quite Simply NO!The dog is working or in some instances training. Their focus should always be on their handler.

  • SERVICE DOG TEAMS HAVE RIGHT OF WAY – IN A CROSSWALK, ON A SIDEWALK OR IN A STORE. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND YIELD TO ANY TEAM.

  • IT IS ILLEGAL TO INTERFERE WITH OR DISTRACT A SERVICE DOG TEAM, PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

  • TEACH KIDS TO KEEP A RESPECTFUL DISTANCE

  • DO NOT ALLOW YOUR OWN DOG TO INTERACT

  • DO NOT TOUCH, TALK OR FEED THE DOG.

  • ​​DO NOT TEASE, DISTRACT OR ABUSE THE DOG

  • ​​SPEAK TO THE HANDLER, NOT THE DOG.

  • ALLOW THE DOG TO WORK OR REST UNDISTURBED.