[nagdu] Please don't pet me, I'm working.

Deanna Lewis DLewis at clovernook.org
Fri Aug 28 15:28:07 UTC 2015

Good idea Craig! LOL, I get that question a lot, "Are you training him?"
I don't really think the signs help, so I do not use one. I've heard that they have some that say, "Ask him/her before you pet me". And they have an arrow pointing to the handler. I think that those signs would confuse people even more and make matters worse. 
Deanna and Mambo

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Craig Heaps via nagdu
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 10:39 AM
To: NAGDU Mailing List, the National Association of Guide Dog Users
Cc: Craig Heaps
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Please don't pet me, I'm working.

I have that exact sign on Chase's harness: Do Not Pet Me I Am Working.

I believe it helps.  But it's impossible to know. Some people still pet him even with the sign, so it's not an absolute cure.  And how to do you measure a negative such as how many people didn't pet him who would have petted him if the sign had not been there?

I got the sign mostly because we go to crowded places such as Giants baseball games at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It seemed people on the BART train wanted to pet him. So did people on the Muni Metro light rail.  And so did people in line to enter the ballpark.  So I got the sign.  I think it helped.

A lot of people read the sign out loud.  I think that's good.  It gives me an opportunity to reinforce to them the danger for me of distracting my guide dog.

I have considered changing it to No He's Not Training Me. He's Legally Blind.

Craig and Chase

On 8/28/2015 3:11 AM, Raven Tolliver via nagdu wrote:
> Does anyone use these signs on their guide dog? I recently encountered 
> a couple people who said that I should have a sign on my dog's harness 
> so that they and others know he is a working dog and will not pet or 
> interact with him.
> I argued that the idiots who lack self control and common decency will 
> still pet my dog, regardless of some sign that most people won't 
> bother reading.
> But is this something worth considering?

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