Guide Dog Etiquette

If 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.

CNIB 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.

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