To the dad who stopped, pointed out my service dog to his kids, and said “oooo look at the doggy!!”; to the family of 4 who stopped and stared me down, and followed me to continue staring when I pointedly walked behind a rack of clothing to avoid said staring:
My dog is not your personal show. He is not here for you to stare, talk to, point at or entertain your children. He is with me to DO A JOB. You and your children talking to him, staring and pointing is distracting him. He’s under 2 years old and still in training so that creates MORE room for error. I am trying to set my dog up for success. I am disabled and have put HUNDREDS of hours of training into this dog so I’m able to go into stores, leave home by myself and have some semblance of normalcy.
Please do not distract my service dog. Don’t encourage your children to distract my service dog (they don’t know any better, be a good influence and teach them how to treat medical equipment and disabled people properly!!!) Take a look if you cannot help yourself then keep on walking. I’m trying to buy groceries and go on with my day just like anyone else- please allow me to do that without distracting my dog from doing his job of mitigating my disability.