Dogs Helping Disabled Humans

There have been many occasions when I’ve happened upon a service dog and its human and I’ve had to fight the urge to bestow praise and affection.

But that’s exactly, I’m told, what is expected of me (and you). To draw attention to the dog would distract him or her from the job at hand, which is assisting the human they’ve been assigned to aid.

Please Don’t Pet <> is an organization that educates the public on proper service dog etiquette. Check out more about them here at:

These dogs are specially trained to assist people with disabilities that include vision and hearing impairments, mental disabilities such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, seizure disorder and even diabetes. Distracting a dog who is on the job can become a danger for its human.

Handlers of these talented pups share 10 things they especially want outsiders to know about their service dogs here at <>:

Among other things, they want us to know that they love their service dogs and that they are a lifeline.

If you’d like to learn more about service dogs and how they differ from therapy dogs check out this <> link:

If you have questions or concerns regarding behavioral issues of your own pooch contact your local Albany or Saratoga Off Leash K9 Training professional. Our Capital District team boasts the expertise to address and resolve everything from obedience to dog aggression, food aggression, potty-training and much more!