About Service Dogs
A Service Dog is any guide dog, hearing dog, or other dog trained to perform
tasks for the benefit of an individual with a physical or mental disability..
Service Dog Capabilities
Service Dogs are considered as belonging in one of five categories:
(“Signal Dogs”) Alert deaf or hearing-impaired people to important sounds
Psychiatric Service Dogs
Help with mental health disabilities such as PTSD, Major Depression, Panic/Anxiety, agoraphobia, schizophrenia, and the like
Perform tasks and provide support and balance for ambulation for those with limited mobility
Medical Alert Dogs
Trained to be sensitive to medical events or conditions, including diabetes, seizures, and cardiac conditions
(“Seeing Eye Dogs”) Guide blind or visually impaired people around obstacles
What kind of tasks can Service Dogs perform?
The list is long. Here are some examples:
Blocking (creating space around an individual), Opening doors, drawers, and refrigerators Retrieving specific objects (videotapes, keys, remotes, etc.) or dropped articles, Getting help, Pulling on command, Turning lights on or off, Barking to alert of danger, doorbell, or telephone, Stopping at certain objects, Finding doors or access/egress, Finding scents, Walking slow to lead, Carrying objects.
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