Tips for interacting with a Service Dog

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Retrieving Freedom Service Dogs undergo over two years of training to ensure that they can meet the unique needs of our clients.

Here are some tips for appropriate interactions with service dogs:

  1. Ask for Permission: Always ask the handler for permission before interacting with or petting a Service Dog. Respect their response, as they understand the needs and focus required for the dog's work.

  2. Speak to the Handler: Speak directly to the handler and not to the Service Dog. 

  3. Respect Personal Space: Allow a Service Dog and its handler plenty of space to move around without unnecessary distractions. 

  4. Avoid Distractions: When interacting with a Service Dog, it's important to remember that they are working.Refrain from attempting to feed, play with, or distract a Service Dog. Even small distractions can divert the dog's attention and potentially put the handler in danger.

  5. Educate Others: Spread awareness with your family and friends about the importance of respecting the Service Dog's role in assisting its handler.

  6. Be Considerate: Understand a Service Dog is providing vital support to its handler, who may have a disability or condition that requires constant assistance. 

By following these tips, you can ensure that a Service Dog can perform their duties effectively and that their handlers can navigate public spaces with the assistance they need.