Guide Dog Etiquette
a guide dog is in harness, it is working and should not be seen as a pet.
Distracting a guide dog – through touching, beckoning or otherwise interacting
- is very dangerous to both the dog and its user. A distracted dog cannot
concentrate fully on avoiding potentially dangerous situations. You should only
pet a guide dog when it is not in harness, and after getting permission from
the handler to do so.
Saskatchewan & Manitoba recently created a video
to help spread awareness about the importance of respecting guide dogs when
they are at work. Saskatchewan has laws in effect, under The Animal Protection
Act, to protect service animals, including guide dogs. In that province, harm
to a service animal can lead to fine of up to $25,000 and/or possible jail time
of up to two years.