|Barked: Wed Apr 4, '12 11:47pm PST |
|Well, I'm not sure if this is applicable or not, as Charlie isn't a service dog and I'm in Canada - but up here, if you pay for your non-service dog, you can take it on the bus, regardless of size, etc. Service dogs are allowed on public transit, I believe free of charge.
Anyway, my experience thus far on public transit with actual transit patrons, is 50/50. Half the people leave us alone, give us our space and/or avoid us if they are uncomfortable at all or don't want to be near a dog, while the other half are perfectly happy to talk to Charlie, call to him and come over to pet him and basically coddle him.
I love it when people are telling me how cute he is, how well behaved he is, etc, but I admit I'd prefer if people just left him alone, simply because people put off his training when they say it's okay for him to jump while I'm trying to keep him from doing so.
Anyway, my point is, with other transit patrons, I haven't really had any issues personally and my dog isn't an SD. In fact, if anyone is fearful of him or doesn't want anything to do with him, they sit on the opposite end of the bus. I typically sit near the back door to give people room to choose - very back or the front, or the middle, all of which is pretty well out of the way of my curious pooch.
I am always sure to keep him from sniffing, jumping on or pestering other bus patrons, and am very diligent about keeping him in my small area(on my seat with me - if his paws are clean - or in front of me, between my legs.
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