Its amazing just how many people do this. Today I was standing in a queue in a shop and someone did it. I can’t describe the noise except that it is like a kissy kissy noise. Its used to get the attention of friendly animals.
Do it to me when I’m out and about, and I’ll ignore you. I’ll put myself, probably my back, between you and my dog, and I will make sure that my dog ignores you too.
Its damaging to a dog’s work and downright rude and ignorant to its owner.
If on the other hand, you approach me and engage me in conversation, I’ll more than likely allow you to stroke my dog and ask about it. If for some reason, usually time constraints or a problem with the dog’s work, I’d rather that you didn’t, I’ll explain it to you quietly and politely and hope that you’ll understand and not try to stroke my dog anyway!
That’s my rant of the day. I’ve been a guide dog owner now for 20 years and this behaviour doesn’t get any easier!