Guide Dog Etiquette
When a Guide Dog is in harness, it is working with the person who is blind or vision impaired so that they can move around safely and independently. Whether it is walking, sitting or sleeping, it should not be:
These may all cause the Guide Dog to lose concentration, and put the person relying on its guidance at risk. Please talk to the person, not to the dog. Keeping pet dogs on leads in public places also helps Guide Dogs to maintain their concentration.
People and their Guide Dogs are legally allowed to enter public places including:
- Shops & supermarkets
- Cafes & Restaurants
- Pubs & clubs
- Hotels & Motels
- all types of public transport, including taxis.
For more information, refer to the National Disability Discrimination Act (1992).
The Guide Dog user has been trained in the most appropriate techniques for working or correcting the Guide Dog. Please only provide assistance if requested by the Guide Dog user.