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Complying with the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most important thing your business can do to offer your customers with disabilities a positive experience. However, there are several other simple things you and your employees can do to make patrons with service dogs feel like valued customers and respected human beings.
- Educate all staff about service dog handlers’ rights under the ADA.
Each staff member and representative of your business should be well-versed in dealing with patrons with disabilities, including those with service dogs.
- It is vital that all staff observe the fundamentals of service dog etiquette:
- Do not touch, distract or interact with the service dog in any way.
- Do not feed the service dog.
- Do not ask the handler personal questions about his or her disability.
Please Click Here to see our page about interacting with a service dog handler and pass the information provided on to your entire staff.
- Treat services dog handlers with the same respect you would treat any other customer.
- Greet a service dog handler in a friendly, welcoming manner and ask if he or she would like some help.
- Do not follow service dog handlers around your establishment unnecessarily.
- Offer a service dog handler the same assistance you would any other customer.
- Replace signs that state only guide dogs are permitted with signs that state only service animals are permitted.
- Educate other patrons about service dogs if the need arises.