When we think of service dogs, usually we imagine a visual impaired person & their guide dog. However, there are several different kinds of service dogs, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, psychiatric service dogs, & autism dogs. There are also other types of dogs with jobs that help people, including therapy dogs & emotional support animals. Then there are police dogs & military dogs used for sniffing out bombs or drugs. There also cadaver dogs that search for bodies after a disaster & search & rescue dogs who sniff out survivors.
A service dog is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Some examples of work or tasks would be assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation & other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support to individuals with mobility disabilities, & helping persons with psychiatric or neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
A Therapy a dog provides therapeutic emotional support to a disabled or elderly person through companionship, unconditional love & affection. They don’t require a lot of training but they must have a naturally calm & affectionate nature. They can also be used to comfort children during stressful situations such as testifying in court or during medical situations like getting chemo therapy. Therapy dogs also will make visits to retirement homes to bring a little joy & unconditional love. Recently, therapy dogs have been helping former Soldiers suffering from PTSD.
There are many brilliant, working dogs out there. Myself, I’m just a CEO.
CEO Olivia ❤