Perhaps more than anything else, persons with disabilities want to remain as independent as possible. Assistance Dogs highly trained service dogs help persons with disabilities to do just that. By assisting clients with everyday tasks, such as opening doors and carrying items, service dogs give a tremendous boost to self confidence and self reliance. At Assistance Dogs, we train each dog in tasks tailored to the individuals they serve. Here are just some of the tasks Assistance Dogs service dogs are trained to provide:
- Opening doors, cupboards, refrigerators, dryers, etc.
- Retrieving cordless phones
- Activating adaptive switches
- Aiding in dressing
- Carrying items
- Picking up dropped items
- Pulling a wheelchair
- Assisting clients up from a fall
- Helping in climbing stairs
- Providing balance for walking
Assistance Dogs provides highly trained therapy dogs for individuals and facilities. Therapy dogs are trained to be extremely patient, loving companions. They are often placed in nursing homes, hospice centers, or in homes with individuals who could benefit from their presence.
Facility Therapy Dogs
A “resident” dog offers tremendous benefits to persons in institutionalized settings, such as rehabilitation centers, hospice care units, and nursing homes. Highly skilled in obedience commands, these dogs provide companionship and can invoke pleasant memories among the residents. Facility Therapy dogs help to temporarily remove some of the worries and concerns of the people they spend time with. Facility therapy dogs usually become quick and lasting friends to everyone they come in contact with.
School Therapy Dogs
A school therapy dog is a companion that belongs to every student in the school. They help students by developing motor and physical skill through human-animal interaction, acting as a motivator to bring students "out of their shell" and practicing discipline, loyalty and responsibility. Dogs can also foster an attitude of kindness and compassion and teach students about love and nurturance.
Special Needs Therapy Dogs
There are times when the simple presence and loving nature of a dog can help persons with special needs to open up to the world around them. Special needs therapy dogs have been particularly beneficial for persons with Autism, developmental disabilities, Down’s Syndrome and those who have suffered a stroke. With the presence of these dogs, persons can work on therapies that help improve speech, coordination, and social skills. For some persons with special needs, a therapy dog gives them a renewed sense of purpose.