Can I Pet Your Dog?

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman, trained my problem rescue dog for safe walking in crowded public spaces

It is not ever okay to walk up to a strange dog and pet it because some dogs will attack for no reason. I have seen a dog attack a stranger when the person came too close even if the dog was smiling and wagging its tail.

Also you do not know if a strange dog has rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease easily passed from animals to humans.

That said, I assume you know the dog is a police dog because it is being handled by a uniformed police officer. In that case, ask the officer if you may pet it. Don’t be surprised if the answer is a firm “No.”

Normally it is not okay to pet a dog while it is working.

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