One of our readers reached out to us with a question: how can you tell if a dog is an assistance dog? We published an article earlier about Dora’s adventures on the train when the ticket controller demanded Dora’s guide dog to be muzzled. So we decided it was important to explain how to tell if a dog is an assistance dog and as such has special privileges.
Assistance dogs – such as guide dogs for the blind – are wearing a harness. On the harness, there is a label with our logo, Barathegyi Guide Dog School which looks like this:
Assistance dogs – as defined by Hungarian law – include guide dogs for the blind, helping dogs for people with physical disabilities, hearing dogs for deaf people and medical response dogs.
The law specifies that all assistance dogs – unless employed by the charity that trained them – must wear the name and logo of the organization that trained them.
It is also important to know that all assistance dogs and their owners have an ID card which can be used to prove their identity.