Service dogs assist people with a physical disability by performing tasks that their partner cannot do or has trouble doing.
These tasks include:
- picking up dropped items
- retrieving objects from tables or counters
- turning light switches on and off
- pushing automatic door buttons
- tugging doors and cabinets open
- standing and bracing for stability during a transfer
- barking on command for help
- getting a cordless phone in an emergency
- and more!
Assistance dogs accompany their partner wherever they go, including the workplace, shopping and traveling. These dogs provide a degree of independence that many people with a disability have never had before. Not having to depend on another person is a priceless gift.