If a “lone service dog” comes near you, it could be seeking your urgent attention.
Majority of people know the rules of service dogs; don’t go close to service when he is on duty, and don’t panic if you see a service dog in an area where other dogs rarely go.
Nonetheless, a recent viral post on Twitter has shown most people are not aware of what to do when approached by a lone service dog.
Featured in the “Service Dog PSA” is an incident where a woman tripped and fell in the company of her service dog. The dog tried in vain to get attention from a lady nearby, but the lady gestured at the dog, turning him away.
The woman never realized the dog was alerting her to an emergency nearby.
If you see a service dog seeking your attention, it’s a sign of alerting you that someone needs your help, the post goes on. “Do not fear; do not be irritated; go after the dog!”
“If the situation could have been dire, it could have choked me; I could have struck my head. It could have messed me up, look – if the dog was aware, you could tell that this is a service dog and all he wants is for you to go with him.”
Continue to page 2 to see how the story was shared on social media.