Pets provide a sense of support that makes them perfect for assistance. Recently, there have been more and more pets helping their handlers who suffer from a wide variety of disabilities and afflictions. Here is a quick overview you can teach your children about service dogs.
A service dog in a harness is “on duty” even when they are sitting or lying down.
Don’t touch the dog without asking permission. It’s a distraction to them and may prevent them from helping their handler.
Speak to the dog’s handler rather than the dog. Remember, they are working and a distraction can put their handler in danger.
Service dogs do get to be dogs. When they’re home, and out of their “work clothes”, they are able to behave like any other dog.