Dogs, aside from being his best friend has also served man in so many useful and varied ways - from shepherding, to cattle rustling, to rescue, and protecting property. It doesn't come as a surprise that they also are able to assist those who cannot get about by themselves. Assistance dogs are specially trained dogs that serve to complement, assist, and aid those that may have some sort of limitation. They have also become indispensable to some who have difficulty with mobility due to some disability.
Below are a few ways dogs have truly become man's best friend as assistance dogs.
When you mention assistance dogs, this is the first function they perform that comes to mind. These types of dogs help those who have visual impairment and help them move about conveniently. They help these people cross roads, climb stairs, and find their way around a place. They are usually able to help these people manage even potentially hazardous areas.
These dogs assist those that have hearing impairment, and are specially trained to nudge their owners when they hear certain noises such as telephone rings, doorbells, and horns among others.
Mobility Assist Dog:
These friendly canines pull wheelchairs, and carry light equipment for their owners in their backpacks. These amazing dogs assist those who cannot move around easily to at least find convenience moving around an area. They are a delight to watch in action and are usually heartwarming to see.
Seizure Alert/Response Dog:
These dogs are trained to hit a button that contacts 911 in case of a seizure or cardiac attack. Operators are advised in advance that calls coming from this line are activated by dogs. In turn, they alert paramedics on a possible emergency situation. As with most assistance dogs, they do not leave their owner's side and are constantly alert and observant.
Psychiatric Service Dog:
Psychiatric Service Dogs provide an emotional security blanket to those who may have mental illnesses and phobias. They also help autistic people stay focused. These dogs never leave their owner's side and provide steady, reliable companionship to their owners.
These dogs are a hybrid combination of the above mentioned assistance dog types. They are trained to assist those with multiple disabilities or needs. Although their jobs may seem quite overboard, they do accomplish such with a gladdening reliability.
Assistance dogs serve a vital part of many people's lives. They are not only 'tools' that assist a deficiency, but friends that provide companionship for the duration of their lives.
Know Your Friendly Neighborhood Assistance Dogs
by Jack Russell
Jack Russell is a a long time dog fancier, visit his Dog Resources Blog and download his Free Dog Owners Handbook - it's Dog Gone Good! www.daveshealthbuzz.com/dogcare.