Etiquette and Service Dogs

Molly Burke, a blind social media influencer and inspirational speaker says that her guide dog Gallop is her “Tesla to your Toyota”. This is not meant to demean our furry friends but guide dogs are solely responsible for leading their owners through crowded sidewalks, around obstacles, and across busy streets. Guide dogs are not the only important service animals. Service dogs are assistance animals that aid humans who suffer from hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, diabetes and other ailments.

            If you see a service animal in public, it is important to remember that they are conducting a vital task. Stopping to pet or distract one of these animals can be extremely detrimental to the owner. It should be evident that they are service animals by a printed collar or vest. As cute as they may be, they are working and it is important to not disturb these animals.

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