I don’t like to be disturbed when I’m working. I’m guessing you don’t either.
Now imagine you were a service dog and someone was relying on you for their safety and freedom. How bad would it be for you do get distracted?
The Norwegian Association of the Blind put out this public service announcement to give people an idea of just how preposterous it would be if they distracted other humans the way they distract service dogs. The ad itself is hilarious, and you will laugh out loud if you watch it.
Don’t interact with service dogs when they are working. As the ad says vest on= at work!
I raised three puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind when I was in high school. We worked really hard with the puppies from the time they were very young to teach them how to ignore distractions. It’s amazing what these dogs could do. That said, they have an important job- and they are better at it when they can focus!