We don’t know about you, but any time we see a cute, cuddly four-legged friend come our way, we will practically throw ourselves over a row of chairs or a crowd of people just so that we can give the little guy a belly rub.
If so, then we’re guessing you often suffer from two very common conundrums: 1) sometimes the owner doesn’t want you to pet the dog, and you are left feeling disappointed, unfulfilled, and ready to track down the nearest friendly pup you can find or 2) the approaching dog is a service dog who is donning a jacket saying “DO NOT PET. DOG ON DUTY”.
Yep, things can get pretty confusing if you find yourself in the second scenario. Of course, you don’t want to break the working dog’s concentration, but what if it’s a special circumstance? For instance, what if the service dog approaches you without its owner in tow?
The situation has, personally, never happened to us, but it’s one that we are happy that we know more about now so that we can be better aware in the future. As a matter of fact, the canine knowledge is so important, understanding it could just end up saving someone’s life!