|Please ask permission to pet me. I am here to serve my master!|
Aloha, Check out my opinion article in the (01-11-13) Kaua'i Garden Island news, "Don’t pet a dog without permission..."
Petting a service dog without permission is like groping another fellow man or woman without permission, or touching someones baby without permission. What makes people think they can kiss and pet a stranger's animal?
Service dogs are mostly associated with giving aid to blind people, but a service dog can also offer Psychiatric service. These dogs are classified PSDs. "(Psychiatric Service Dogs) When you come across a service dog, please do not pet, call, talk, kiss or otherwise distract it as doing so could put the handlers life in jeopardy http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/showthread.php?t=7204
When someone asks to pet my dog, I say "NO," because she is a "service dog," plus I am a germophobic. I don't want someone who may have a cold, flu virus or smelly hands petting my dog.
These are working animals, not pets and they are out with their handlers to help them, not to be a spectacle for the public. Please note it is rude to ask a disabled person what their disability is, as that is personal and confidential information.
Service dogs need to know who their master's are. People with service dogs are not portable petting zoos.
Remember to ask permission before petting any ones pet.