Service Animals in Public Spaces

Helping businesses understand working service animals
Three people stand on a trail with a service dog


Best practices when interacting with service animals

Question 1:

Service animals are working to perform tasks for their owners.
Answer: True

Service animals go through extensive training to allow them to perform specific tasks to help their owners.

Question 2:

Touching or petting a service animal can distract it from performing its tasks.
Answer: True

Distracting a service animal by petting it can cause the animal to lose focus on what it is doing for its owner.

Question 3:

When walking past a service animal and owner, I should yield the right of way.
Answer: True

A service animal is focused on the task it is providing their owner. You should allow them to pass and not get in their way.