Tips When Meeting a Visually Impaired Person
or a Guide Dog
- Always interact with the person and not the dog.
- A person who is blind wants to be treated the same as anyone else. Talk to him or her as you would talk to your friends.
- Ask the person before you give help; he or she may not need it.
- A person should never take hold of the Leader Dog or the harness. This can confuse the dog and may startle the person.
- Do not pet a Leader Dog when it is in harness or when working. They do like being petted, but always ask first.
- The law in the United States allows a person who is visually impaired to have a Leader Dog in all public places, including public transportation.