May 6, 2006

Know Your Friendly Neighborhood Assistance Dogs

Dogs, aside from being his best friend has also served man in somany useful and varied ways – from shepherding, to cattlerustling, to rescue, and protecting property. It doesn’t come asa surprise that they also are able to assist those who cannotget about by themselves. Assistance dogs are specially traineddogs that serve to complement, assist, and aid those that mayhave some sort of limitation. They have also becomeindispensable to some who have difficulty with mobility due tosome disability.

Below are a few ways dogs have truly become man’s best friend asassistance dogs.

Guide Dogs:

When you mention assistance dogs, this is the first functionthey perform that comes to mind. These types of dogs help thosewho have visual impairment and help them move aboutconveniently. They help these people cross roads, climb stairs,and find their way around a place. They are usually able to helpthese people manage even potentially hazardous areas.

Hearing Dogs:

These dogs assist those that have hearing impairment, and arespecially trained to nudge their owners when they hear certainnoises such as telephone rings, doorbells, and horns amongothers.

Mobility Assist Dog:

These friendly canines pull wheelchairs, and carry lightequipment for their owners in their backpacks. These amazingdogs assist those who cannot move around easily to at least findconvenience moving around an area. They are a delight to watchin action and are usually heartwarming to see.

Seizure Alert/Response Dog:

These dogs are trained to hit a button that contacts 911 in caseof a seizure or cardiac attack. Operators are advised in advancethat calls coming from this line are activated by dogs. In turn,they alert paramedics on a possible emergency situation. As withmost assistance dogs, they do not leave their owner’s side andare constantly alert and observant.

Psychiatric Service Dog:

Psychiatric Service Dogs provide an emotional security blanketto those who may have mental illnesses and phobias. They alsohelp autistic people stay focused. These dogs never leave theirowner’s side and provide steady, reliable companionship to theirowners.

Combo Dogs

These dogs are a hybrid combination of the above mentionedassistance dog types. They are trained to assist those withmultiple disabilities or needs. Although their jobs may seemquite overboard, they do accomplish such with a gladdeningreliability.

Assistance dogs serve a vital part of many people’s lives. Theyare not only ‘tools’ that assist a deficiency, but friends thatprovide companionship for the duration of their lives.

About the author:

Jack Russell is a a long time dog fancier, visit his DogResources Blog and download his Free Dog Owners Handbook – it’sDog Gone Good!

Jack Russell

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