The REAL Reason You CAN’T Touch Service Dogs!

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76 Comments on “The REAL Reason You CAN’T Touch Service Dogs!”

  1. I also should have mentioned that it is totally OKAY and encouraged for the owner to pet their dog when it’s working. It’s super annoying when people go, “but you’re petting him..” YES, it’s my dog! When only the owner or service dog handler is allowed to pet the dog during work time it continues to solidify that we are the only one the dog should be paying attention to or listening to while working.It helps keep the bond strong and allows us to reward or treat our dog with love when they’re doing a good job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. “Yeah its really important for the dog to be alert all times when its has its vest on and if someone pets the dog it wont now anymore when is work time and play time people must must understand how important this is”โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก

    2. Sorry to ask,but how do you know like if your going somewhere like how do you know what bus to go on? Or like how do you get around since you blind you know? I really dont mean to offend you if i did im sorry.

    3. The government done don’t want us using our natural abilities, just the closed-source technology they can shove down our faces.
      I better seriously hope that I don’t truthfully learn echolocation, self-taught or not.
      Regardless of parents or strangers, there’d be some angry people in my corner if they even heard me doing that.

    1. Do you guys seriously go and pet every dog you see without asking permission? Unless you know the dog its like “heres my fingers, I dont really need them anyway so lets play a game”

  2. I think the best rule of thumb to go by is not to pet an animal that doesn’t belong to you until/unless the owner says it’s ok to. I’m one of those people who want to snuggle every dog I see ( actually, I want to snuggle most animals), but the fact is, most animals don’t want me to snuggle them. Even when an owner will tell me it’s ok, I try to ask permission from the animal, because maybe they don’t want some strange lady snuggling them right that moment.

    Bottom line- you don’t have the right to pet every animal you see. If you’re unsure, ask the owner… if they say no, accept it. And finally,if you see a service dog, assume it’s working and don’t touch it!

    1. The part you brought up about asking the animal for permission is SO important, I’m really glad you mentioned it. My dog has a lot of sort of mental disabilities (the easiest way to describe what he has) and sensory issues (it’s a miracle if he lets even me pet him without getting over stimulated and needing to move away from me and start scratching and itching at himself) but like any good dog owner I want to stimulate him to people and other animals so I take him with me whenever I possibly can and people don’t seem to understand that my dog really really does NOT want people to touch him or crouching near him, getting in his face, etc. He becomes terrified and will actually lunge on me to try and get me to pick him up and remove him from the situation, sometimes he even pukes because he gets so nervous and uncomfortable with people scrunching up his face or picking him up without permission. I think your rule of thumb is the perfect thing to go by, because even though they’re cute and great, other people just don’t know that animal like its owner does!

    2. “Yeah its really important for the dog to be alert all times when its has its vest on and if someone pets the dog it wont now anymore when is work time and play time people must must understand how important this is”โ™กโ™กโ™กโ™ก

  3. There’s a boy at my school who has a service dog and he didn’t realize that a girl was petting the dog so I just went up to her and politely asked if she could stop (which made the boy turn around). the girl said that it’s a fake service dog and he obviously didn’t need it but the boy said that he passes out randomly. a teacher then came and gave the girl a Saturday detention.

    1. Alexander thank you! You *cannot* train your service dog to attack anyone, no matter the reason! (Unless the handler is in danger)

  4. Nobody ever told me that you aren’t allowed to pet working dogs so I didn’t find out until I was 17. When I was on a train, a guy and his guide dog came and sat by me, and the dog sat on my feet, and I, not knowing I shouldn’t, gave it a little head scratch. The guy kind of gave me a weird look so I didn’t touch the dog again, and that made me wonder if maybe I shouldn’t touch service dogs and ended up googling it. That was the only time I’d ever done that but I still feel really bad about it. I realise that I should have asked first anyway, I have a terrible habit of petting dogs when they come up to me in a friendly manor without asking the owner first.
    It’s definitely something that should be taught by schools and parents so that everyone knows from a young age that they can’t touch service dogs without permission.

    1. Lol don’t worry, I didn’t even know what the hell a service animal was until I was ten. I have never even heard of one. XD

    1. All the corporate lobbyists (and their loving (in marriage or money) constituents that want to own, then loan out/subscribe to us service animals at exorbitintly high rates per month so if we even fall behind one payment, the animal can be re-possessed for someone else; after three unsuccessful rent/subscription attempts they’d like to just euthenize the animal and move on to another one; Their definition of “Turn-around”…
      Or better, the lobbyists that just want to re-write laws making service animals — public… For anyone to talk to or look at.

  5. Thank you for this! I NEVER pet when theyโ€™re working even though yes of course I want to love on them! I think this is an amazing video and should be shown to young kids so they can understand the reasoning behind why… at a young age itโ€™s much more difficult to understand why but this video makes it so simple to understand๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. There is a therapy dog at my school and you are encouraged to pet him. That is because he is trained to be pet and is trained to help people with bullying and stress from school work.

  7. Working in retail we had a man who was a soldier and had ptsd and he had a service dog. And he was explaining this all to us. He also un-harnessed his dog and let the dog know he was off duty then let us pat him. It was amazing to see the change in the dogs posture when the harness came off.

  8. This isn’t totally the same at all but my dog has people anxiety because he was abused as a puppy (NOT by us) and that anxiety stayed with him so when people randomly come up and pet him without asking, he freaks out and panics.
    Like you said, I feel like its just always good to ask before touching a random pup no matter where they are or what they’re doing.

    1. I usually squat and let the dog come to me. It is best if you do that so you won’t rush the dog and let him build trust in you ๐Ÿ™‚ never been bitten in my life

    2. my rescue spent the majority of her puppyhood abandoned in a cage, in a house, so she was not properly socialized and is so anxious around anyone, no matter the age. I try to take her places to get her used to people but theres always some assholes that will come up behind us and pet her, scaring the living hell out of her. there was an instance where two little girls ran up to her and tried petting her but she ran away from them(as far as she could bc she was on a leash), and they proceeded to chase her, trying to pet her while I’m trying to calm her down and stop them. this was happening all while their mother was watching.๐Ÿ™ƒ my girl was a shaking mess when they finally stopped.
      whenever someone does ask to pet her, I warn them that shes anxious and might not let them. it just makes me so angry when people don’t ask.

    3. My doggo too! I just tell folks she’s timid about new people. Being in her stroller off the ground and enclosed helps.

  9. I’m honestly not sure why people don’t get this. My daughter (now 13) always asks if she can pet ANY dog and knows generally not to ask service dogs. We did have one time where she said “Oh that’s a cute dog, can I pet it?” before realizing it was a service dog and immediately backtracked “Oh, nevermind, it’s working!” once she saw the vest. The owner then said, “That’s ok, go ahead. I appreciate you noticing and saying you wouldn’t ask.” We ended up having a 30 minute conversation about how people just walk up and pet her dog and how NOT OK that was.

    I had a prior experience from riding public transit when I lived in Seattle and had two kids (ages 1 and 2) and our bus route included a blind gentleman (Luke) who had a beautiful golden retriever. My kids, my son especially, just adored that dog, and I’m positive the feeling was mutual. Because we rode the bus every day at the same time, we ended up developing a rapport with him and Beau (the dog). The first week or so, I’d explain to my son (my daughter was just an infant) that the dog was working, and eventually (because we sat in the same seats just about every day) we got to know Luke and his dog and after a while, he took off Beau’s vest and Beau and my son became bus time playmates. We got off at the same stop, so I’d always get off the bus first (with my huge double stroller. People probably hated me) and then he’d put Beau’s vest back on and he was back to work. It was interesting to see how quickly that dog’s personality changed when he was working to when he knew he could play. I never initiated that, Luke did. I’d have been content telling my son why he couldn’t pet that dog every single day. (I mean, I was a mom of a two year old, repeating myself was my life then. lol).

    I’ve always taught my kids that service dogs are working and they have very important jobs to do and we cannot interrupt that. A life is in their hands, and that’s why we can’t pet them. I’m not sure why people struggle to understand that.

    1. Thanks for sharing. I live in a city with a lot of stay dogs with possible diseases. So its very important not to just pet any dog you see.

    2. Itโ€™s super important to teach kids about working dogs but Iโ€™m so glad you teach your kids to ask for regular dogs too. A child (looked about 8) ran up to my dog and petted him without asking (in sight of their mum). My dog had an injury to his head at the time and the kid petted him right on the injury. My dog growled (no attempt at biting, just a growl) at the kid because the kid had just caused him pain. The kidโ€™s mum then yelled at me about it and I had to check my dogโ€™s wound was okay, causing him more pain (luckily it was and he didnโ€™t need another trip to the vet).

    1. Eva Perry me too especially at school ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚lol

  10. Dogs should wear vests with strong messages, like “I’m at work, don’t pet me, don’t risk my owner’s life”. I’m a huge dog lover and as much as I’d love to cuddle those working dogs for the amazing job they do, I know I can’t and I respect that.

    1. Most service dogs I’ve ever seen (including my mom’s service dog) wear harnesses with BOLD, big lettering that says “service dog – do not pet”. People still ignore it (or are oblivious to it) because people are rude and selfish and stupid like that. :/

  11. One day I was walking through the streets and I saw a woman with a small cute dog on the leash going in my direction. As the dog lover that I am, I got ready to ask the woman if I could pet her dog, but when she got closer her little dog started getting so happy and excited about my presence (the dog seemed excited about anything it saw, to be honest haha) that the woman was afraid I’d get annoyed, so she pulled the dog away from me, saying “no -insert dog name here coz my memory isn’t that good-, don’t bother the girl!!”. My heart crumbled down that day and I’m still looking for the pieces. I want your dog to jump on me, lady!!! XD

    1. Always unless the dog comes to me first or they are tied up buy a store without a owner near by. If it’s a working dog I don’t even bother paying it any attention rather not distract the dog

    2. It can be exhausting and annoying for service animal owners to constantly be stopped in public by strangers asking to pet the animal. I leave working dogs alone and just let them work. Honestly, don’t even ask to pet them! Leave people and their service animals alone!

  12. When people pet my cardiac alert dog and go “Oh I know I shouldn’t be doing this” even though her vest says “CARDIAC ALERT DOG. KEEP BACK. I’M WORKING” to me that always says “I care more aboiut my wants than your safety.”

    1. Krranni 2006
      Also Molly has a video on how She types comments on her own Chanel and on others chanls and generally use her phone

    2. Then again, I Do Not Ever Have NVDA Read An Entire WebPage/Document From the Very Top to The End When I Get There.
      It’s natively counter-intuitive to me;
      Think about it, you just-now learning sighties
      (Hey sir, you really shouldn’t be touching your laptop, I’m afraid you’ll blow the world up if you go to the wrong site; Just go where the rest of us mumbling useless masses go; You’ll be able to breathe free with us… “(Like Hell I will!);
      Where’s your attention always supposed to be?
      On that absolutely magical first heading of a page where:
      the juicy FaceBook WallPosts,
      the tin-foiled tweets of Twitter
      and the rambling uselessness of Reddit begins.
      Most of you just quietly swear I’ll go read a web page
      line by line, by line, by line, by line, by line…
      No way, Not In My LifeTime!
      Just like you “Normal Sighties”, there are particular pieces of information I’m always after on a page.
      So to those of you that think JFW (Jaws for Windows) is the only honest corporate forever-lasting shark product allowed to swim in this post-modern ocean of Hell lovingly approved by Satan and his cohorts,
      Then NVDA’s going to give you many a shiver of a reality that you’ve never felt before.
      It’s not the big ugly pathetic profiteers writing software;
      The small seemingly little kids are playing around with curious ideas that even the grand great-supposed know-all lobbyists would never be allowed to code in to the for-profit software!
      Kinda like one of those moments you have to pay off someone’s debt and you’re exactly a penny short, and time’s running out…?

    3. On the topic of technology, Molly has some good videos on how she uses computers, phones, and other technology as a blind person. They’re pretty informative. She mostly uses Apple technology, so Jason’s answer is pretty good for the Windows side.

      For Linux there are some TTS (text to speech) and software like BRLTTY (for a braille terminal), plus distros developed specifically for blind people. I’m not personally familiar with how those compared to the Windows and Apple solutions.

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