What Are Service Dogs?
Service Dogs are privately-owned by someone who has a mental or physical disability. The canine is trained to do specific tasks for the handler or alert the handler/caregiver to a problem such as an impending seizure, a diabetic crisis, PTSD episode or any host of other problems.
There are various types of Service Dogs.
- Guide and hearing dogs are dogs that assist with letting the handler know when objects are in the way, alert the handler when there is a call or someone at the door, retrieve objects for the handler, assist the handler with going out in public places.
- Diabetic/Seizure alert dogs that alert the handler to a medical condition that is occurring or about to occur, carry information and/or medication for the handler in case of an emergency and give the handler the ability to go out in public.
- Physical assistance Service Dogs assist the handler by getting objects, stabilizing the handler as they get up or move from place to place and assist when the handler is out in public places.
- PTSD Service Dogs assist the handlers with situations of high stress. PTSD Service Dogs are trained to do a task to redirect the handler and help the handler remain calm and enable them to work through stressful situations. PTSD dogs assist the handler in public places.