Monday, May 25, 2015

How Do You Respond?

You are out with your service dog and a child comes running over to pet your dog while she is working. You...
You are standing in a cash line and behind you is a chatty woman who wants to know all about your disabilities...
A retailer asks you to remove your assistance dog. You...

These and other situations can be hard to deal with, especially if you are having a bad day (or are shy or just don't like to interact with people generally due to your disability). Despite this, each and every person with an assistance is an ambassador for people with assistance dogs and set the tone for how people, staff of retailers etc deal with people with SD generally.

What similar situations have you found yourself in and what positive, proactive (not reactive) methods have you used to deal with the situation.  I am looking for some concrete positive examples of what to do, what to say, what you give to people etc. in such situations.

If you have practiced some of these responses before you are faced with them, they will come more easily when you are. It is no different than the extensive training done with service dogs to prepare them for the high level of distractions they may encounter in their job.

Please write a brief scenario in the comments below and specific details of how you dealt with it (what you said or did) and the outcome. I will edit them and add them to the post, if they are appropriate to share.