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Do you know service dog etiquette?

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A service dog is not a pet under federal law.  They are individually trained to do very important and specific tasks to help an individual with a disability. So how should you act if you see a working dog in public?

C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs wants to help you with service dog etiquete.  C.H.A.M.P. stands for Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities.

  • Don't touch the dog without asking permission first! This is a distraction and may prevent the dog from tending to the human partner.
  • Never feed the dog.
  • Speak to the person, not the assistance dog.
  • Do not whistle or make sounds to the dog.
  • Never make assumptions about the individual's intelligence, feelings, or capabilities.

You can meet CHAMP Assistance and Therapy dogs Sunday, August 28, at Purina Farms's Petapalooza. There will be lots of great activities for the whole family, including your own family dog.