1. DON’T DISTRACT GUIDE DOGS WHILETHEY’RE WORKING. Guide dogs have to be constantly on the lookout for dangers and traps. Calling out to one or trying to pet one is very distracting to them. However, many handlers are happy to let you pet their guides- WHEN they’re off duty.
2. NEVER FEED A GUIDE DOG. In order to keep their bodies on a predictable schedule, seeing eye dogs are fed at the same time every day, and only by their handler. In addition, guide dogs are on a special diet to keep them in top physical condition, and bites of steak or ham aren’t going to help that. (Don’t worry- guide dogs do get treats, like carrots and fruit.)
3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR AN ID. It’s okay to ask for legal identification papers proving that a dog is a certified service animal. Real guide dog owners are usually happy to show you their IDs
4. BLIND PERSON ADEQUATE Do not try to steer a blind person with a guide dog. This may confuse the dog and cause it to put the blind person in a dangerous position. In the event of seeing a blind person just let the dog do its job.
5. HELP OUT! Even though guide dogs are amazing helpers, they can’t do everything. So you can help, too! Open doors, read out menus, and inform the public of the correct ways to interact with service dogs.