Can you pet guide dogs?

Asked By: Ernesto Nikolaus
Date created: Tue, Mar 2, 2021 11:13 AM
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You can't pet Service Dogs because it's distracting, and if a working dog is distracted because of something you do and their handler gets sick or injured, it's your fault.

There are many different types of Service Dogs: Guide Dogs are their partner's eyes.

Other mobility Dogs work with people that use wheelchairs.

Answered By: Ryan Medhurst
Date created: Wed, Mar 3, 2021 1:16 PM

Guide dogs (also known as service animals, assistance animals, or colloquially as seeing eye dogs) are assistance dogs trained to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles.


The person must be legally blind, able to travel independently (good orientation and mobility skills), and well-suited to work with a dog.

All of our services are provided completely free of charge to our clients.

See if you're ready for a guide dog.


When you see a guide dog on the job, it is extremely important that you recognize that it is at work.

Guide dogs work very hard every day, but they lead extremely happy lives, full of lots of attention and stimulation.

Dogs only end up working as Guide dogs if they absolutely love the work.


Guide Dogs assist blind and visually impaired people by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, and negotiating traffic.

The harness and U-shaped handle fosters communication between the dog and the blind partner.


With the exception of breeding dogs, all guide dogs are neutered.

Male puppies are castrated during the puppy-walking period at approximately 8 months of age and bitches are spayed after their first season.


In essence, service dogs are indeed allowed to bark, and may even be trained to do so under specific circumstances.

They are only allowed to bark non-aggressively, though, in a manner in line with their training.


If the dog's back is flat, it's peeing — male guide dogs are trained to not lift their leg when peeing; they utilize the same "lean forward" pee stances that females use — and no cleanup if needed.

Once the dog is finished, the handler just leans down with their plastic bag and can find the poop pretty easily.

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