Questions And Answers

Blind man with white cane

Blindness can happen to anyone through accident or illness, but most blind persons are able to lead useful and independent lives. When you meet a Blind Person, don't be ill at ease. It will help if you remember these simple rules of courtesy as suggested by the blind, themselves.

"How to Approach A Guide Dog Team"

A TEAM consists of a guide dog and its owner.

When a guide dog is in harness, it is at "WORK" and is responsible for guiding its owner and should not be distracted.

Here are some hints on what to do (and NOT do) when you come across a guide dog team.

Always greet the owner first.  Whatever side the guide dog is on, approach from the other side. Do not make eye contact with the guide dog.

Do not approach or call out to a team while it is in the middle of a task.

Do not pet a guide dog without asking the owner's permission. The dog should not be petted in harness.  Do not get your feelings hurt if the owner says 'NO'.

Do not call out or whistle at a guide dog.  The owner's safety is dependent on the guide dog maintaining focus.

Do not allow your pet to come near a guide dog team.  Always keep your pet on a leash.  And please let me know if there is another animal in the area.

Do not feel or offer the guide dog food or treats.  Guide dogs are fed on a schedule that is strictly maintained.  Because they often visit restaurants and grocery stores, they are trained to ignore food.

Please do not be afraid to ask questions, it is how we learn.  Be kind and courteous and let's enjoy each other's company.