Service Dog Public Interaction Tools


Here are the tools you need to make your team’s service dog public interactions go as smoothly as possible. Find guidance on handling gatekeepers during a public access challenge, and on interacting with the general public when you’re out in the world.

In addition, PSDP has a really useful flyer to help you address common questions from people during service dog public interactions, as well as an emergency card to help you be prepared for contingencies. Enjoy!

 

2015 PSDP Frequently Asked Questions Flyer

This printable (pdf) flyer is handy for those new to the concept of psychiatric service dogs, and is great for handlers to give out to interested members of the public. This flyer is also available in Spanish/Español.

2014 PSDP Family & Friends Flyer

This printable (pdf) flyer can help friends and family members of service dog users adjust to having a service dog in their lives.

How I Handle a Public Access Challenge

Years spent trying different methods inform this article by Dr. Veronica Morris. She explains what works best for her, and how service dog users can make big improvements in their everyday interactions with gatekeepers. This article is adapted from her recurring post to the support listserv on the topic.

Interacting with the General Public

After learning from experience what doesn’t work well, Dr. Veronica Morris figured out what can better accomplish common goals when you’re out with your service dog or service dog in training and interacting with people. This article is adapted from her recurring post to the peer guidance group on the topic.

PSDP Emergency Card

This printable (pdf) form is designed to be cut and folded into a card, filled out with information useful in emergencies, and kept with or on your service dog.