A Golden Retriever guide dog in a harness.

Guide Dog Etiquette

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If you encounter someone and their guide dog, please follow proper guide dog etiquette to ensure the safety of the guide dog team:

  • Avoid talking to or interacting with the guide dog.

  • Do not pet, feed or distract the guide dog, as it can potentially affect its training. When the guide dog is not in harness, you may ask the handler if it's okay to pet the dog.

  • If you own a pet dog, pleased keep it on a leash and under control in the community. When approaching a guide dog team with your dog, clearly notify the handler and say, “I’m passing on your left and I have a dog with me.”