|Barked: Wed Mar 22, '06 11:50pm PST |
|First of all, let me express my gratitude towards all the SD doggies that have given me advice and information in the past. Snowy's not a SD, but living in the city, we see plenty of SDs and their owners, and although we try to remain respectful, we don't always know exactly what to do or how to behave. I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to ask questions here, because in public, I don't always know if the SD owners are in the mood to answer some of the most pointed questions I have. So thank you.
Here's my question for today: many of you have talked about how your SD knows that it's off duty when the vest comes off. So if I see a SD without its SD vest or gears, can I assume that these dogs are off duty and allow Snowy to go sniff and say hi?
Of course, if someone with an invisible disability walked around with a vestless SD, I'm sure that this person would understand it if I didn't realize that his/her SD is a working dog. So I guess I'm referring to those with visible disablities.
For instance, I see people in wheelchairs strolling with their vestless dogs on leash. It confuses me, because I know that these dogs could just be pets, but most of 'em are labs and golden retrivers (not to stereotype, but I think those are some of the most popular SD breeds) and are usually very well behaved that I wouldn't be surprised if they are actually SDs.
I know that I can always play it safe and ask, but I don't really want to annoy anyone.. I mean, I can see how when someone doesn't know what an off-duty SD means, that kind of ignorance can be just as annoying as when someone doesn't know what an on-duty SD means.
Just to repharse my question:
1) Is it a universal rule that vest means SD on duty and no vest means SD off duty?
2) Is it okay to treat an off duty SD like any other pet you meet in the street?
Edited by author Wed Mar 22, '06 11:54pm PST
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