ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A service dog is not a pet under federal law. They are individually trained to do very important and specific tasks to help an individual with a disability. So how should you act if you see a working dog in public?
C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs wants to help you with service dog etiquete. C.H.A.M.P. stands for Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities.
- Don't touch the dog without asking permission first! This is a distraction and may prevent the dog from tending to the human partner.
- Never feed the dog.
- Speak to the person, not the assistance dog.
- Do not whistle or make sounds to the dog.
- Never make assumptions about the individual's intelligence, feelings or capabilities.