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.