Service dogs perform vital tasks for their human partner. They include guide dogs for people who are blind or visually impaired, service dogs for those with disabilities other than blindness, and hearing dogs for those who have encountered hearing loss. They provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship.
These dogs are specially bred and trained for these important jobs. There are guidelines people should follow when in the presence of a guide or service dog to allow for the safety of the dog and its handler. Disregarding these guidelines can distract the dog, which can create a dangerous situation for the team.