It requires a lot of concentration from the person with a visual impairment to walk and communicate with his guide dog. Therefore, here are a few tips that you should take into account when you meet a guide dog:
- Do not lure, pet, feed the guide dog: even a small hug can distract the dog and endanger the user or even wipe out months of training.
- When approaching or crossing a guide dog, as dog owners make sure that your dog is on a leash – at a safe distance – so that it can’t distract the guide dog.
- Wait until the team stops before addressing the blind person to avoid breaking their concentration.
- If you have the impression that a blind person is in need of help, ask them before acting upon it. If the person asks for guidance, you can walk next to them on the opposite side of the dog.