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Giving service dogs, owners their space | News | paysonroundup.com – Payson Roundup

Jacque Olsen sometimes wishes she had a different dog.

Make no mistake, the Payson resident loves her young black Labrador retriever. This is the fourth guide dog she’s had in 21 years — all labs.

And that’s led to issues when she deals with people in public.

“Labs are so cute that many people pet her, talk to her or offer her treats,” Olsen said.

Those are all no-nos for guide and other service dogs.

“Sometimes I think I should have gotten a German shepherd,” Olsen said. “My friends with German shepherds typically don’t have this problem. They’re great, but they don’t give you that warm cuddly feeling that Labs do. It’s the Labs and people sold on Labs that have to deal with this.”

But she keeps getting Labs for a reason.

“They make great guide dogs,” Olsen said.