ALL About Service Dogs
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.