By now, most of us know to avoid petting or interacting with a service dog while they’re on duty. The assistance these incredible dogs provide often requires intense concentration and is something that should not be disturbed by outside interactions.
Although this is common knowledge for most of us, what happens when the tables are turned and we’re approached by an unattended service dog? Many people do not know that seeking the assistance of others when their handler is in trouble is an important function of a service dog. Your quick response could make all the difference for a person who needs help.
Any dog owner knows that even though they can’t talk, pets communicate with us constantly. Dogs and humans have evolved together over thousands of years, and this has given them the ability to let us know what they want or need through movements, vocalizations, and even facial expressions. That paw on your knee or the sound of urgent whimpering all work to achieve various outcomes, many of which are nearly universal among all canines. Read the rest of this entry »