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Be a Service Dog Ambassador

What is an SSDI Service Dog Ambassador?

One of SSDI's six core principles is education. We are committed to educating the public, organizations, and business entities regarding service dog legislation, accessibility, and the latest canine research to change the world.


We would love for you to learn the basics of service dog etiquette, what service dogs are, and how they help so you can be a Service Dog Ambassador to your friends, family, and community!


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

Service Dog Etiquette

Remember that you do not know, and are not entitled to ask the stories or medical history of another individual.


If you see a service dog team in public, remember you: 


  • Ignore the dog so they can focus on their handler

  • Address the handler and say hello instead of addressing the dog

  • Respect the handler and do not insert yourself into their

            conversation or situation


  • Distract the dog in any way

            (i.e. talking to, making faces at, making noises to, try to

            obtain eye contact with, etc.)

  • Go up and pet the dog if you have not gotten approval from

            the handler

  • Expect to be able to interact with the service dog


  • Almost every state in the United States has a law prohibiting the harassment of or interference with a Service Dogs with legal action taken against the offender. 

SSDI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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Phone: 301-509-6742

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