We all think of the domesticated dog as being man’s best friend, but throughout history dogs have provided invaluable support to humans in ways other than companionship. Here are three types of service dogs that are assisting people today
Perhaps the most well-known type of service dog is the guide dog which helps a blind or visually impaired individual travel safely and avoid obstacles. Most guide dogs are golden retrievers, Labradors and German shepherds.
Hearing dogs alert deaf and hearing impaired people to specific sounds at home and in public. They are trained to make physical contact with their partner in response to sounds such as sirens, smoke and fire alarms, a doorbell, or a baby’s cries.
Mobility assistance dogs
Mobility assistance dogs help people who are physically disabled be more independent. The dogs are trained to perform tasks and chores for adults and children who utilize wheelchairs, prosthetics or other assistive devices.
Service dogs are changing people’s lives for the better