Dealing With Fear and Allergies
Afraid or Allergic? What To Do...
If you are afraid:
- remain calm as the dog is focusing on the person with the disability and is probably not even aware of your presence and discomfort
- Please do not yell, scream, and/or run. These behaviors distract the dog from his job and may make the dog feel the need to protect.
Be aware that if you are allergic or afraid of dogs:
U.S. Federal Law prohibits the handler and the dog from being denied services by a business due to another person’s fear or allergies.
Try to assess the situation and quietly address with the owner/manager to resolve the conflict to everyone’s comfort and safety. Good common sense and general courtesy towards each other are best for the handler and the person with allergies/fear to follow in this situation.