[nagdu] How do any of you deal with small children wanting to touch your guide dog
PICKRELL, REBECCA M (TASC)
REBECCA.PICKRELL at tasc.com
Fri Apr 8 12:41:17 UTC 2011
My second dog loved being petted. She loved it so much that I couldn't allow it. I have a not so polite term I used to describe her.
For the safety of us as a working team, I had to not allow petting. It isn't about what the dog likes per se.
Britney, I'm wondering why you feel bad? And, assuming you want to change things, what could you have done differently?
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Julie J
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [nagdu] How do any of you deal with small children wanting to touch your guide dog
I think you did fine. I used to have a harder time telling people no, but
in recent years it's getting a whole load easier. Usually I tell people
that Monty really doesn't appreciate petting from strangers. I tell them
it's a lot like a stranger coming up to them and giving them a hug. It's
rather intrusive, but that's just my dog. Lots of dogs enjoy attention from
If I do have the time and Monty seems amenable I will ask the person to hold
their hand out to him to sniff, palm toward themselves. I then allow Monty
to approach the person. This generally keeps everyone calm and happy. If
Monty approaches and is comfortable the person can gently pet his neck or
behind his ears.
He is a very large dog that looks rather intimidating. I don't get too many
walk by petters. Even if they try to pet without asking Monty will just
dodge them. I find it funny, but the other person tends to get annoyed,
which I find even more amusing.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brittney N. Mejico" <brittneymejico at verizon.net>
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Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:29 PM
Subject: [nagdu] How do any of you deal with small children wanting to touch
your guide dog
The other day this lady got mad at me for not letting her 4 year old touch
my guide dog. I kind of felt bad afterwards, do you think It was rong for
me to tell her no? I tried to be as polite as Possible. Do any of you have
any tips on what I should next time that happens again.
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