National Assistance Dog Week
- Be a puppy raiser
- Volunteer to help with training, kennel work or other tasks
- Stand up for a disabled person with a service dog when some unthinking person treats them rudely
We plan to celebrate by donating to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), our favorite assistance dog group. CCI published this excellent information on service dog etiquette.
SERVICE DOG ETIQUETTE
- • Don’t be afraid of the dog. Assistance dogs are carefully tested and selected for appropriate
• Don’t touch the dog without asking permission first. This is a distraction and may prevent the dog
from tending to the human partner.
• Never feed the dog. Food is the ultimate distraction to the working dog and can jeopardize the
working assistance dog team.
• Speak to the person, not the assistance dog. Most handlers do not mind talking about assistance
dogs and their dog, specifically, if they have the time.
• Do not whistle or make sounds to the dog; this too may provide a dangerous distraction.
• Never make assumptions about the individual’s intelligence, feelings or capabilities.
• Be aware of potential architectural barriers to the individual.
• Be respectful of the assistance dog team. They are a working pair going about their daily lives.
Source: Canine Companions for Independence