- Guide Dog services
- Guide Dog
- access rights
Did you know that by law Guide Dogs can go anywhere their handlers go?
This means that Guide Dogs can go to cafés, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, hotels, sporting and cultural events, and even catch public transport and taxis.
It’s important to remember that if a Guide Dog is refused entry somewhere, so is their handler. Refusing entry is a form of disability discrimination and it is against the law.
When a Guide Dog is in a coat or a harness, it is working to assist its blind or vision impaired handler to move around safely. Guide Dogs and their handlers are allowed to go anywhere legally under the Guide Hearing and Assistance Dog Act 2009.
A Guide Dog is trained from a young age and undergoes extensive training to learn how to behave in public areas. They learn how to help their handler get on and off modes of public transport safely and they learn how to behave in public spaces. For example, when a Guide Dog and its handler go to a restaurant or café, the dog is taught to sit under the chair or table so it will not be in the way of patrons or staff.
The best way you can help our incredible Guide Dogs and the people they assist is by making others aware that Guide Dogs can go anywhere.
For further information about the legal rights of Guide Dogs and their handlers or Guide Dog access and etiquette, contact us.