The Wide-Ranging Abilities of Assistance DogsMarch 4, 2014
When thinking of assistance dogs, many people would automatically think of a guide dog used to accompany the visually-impaired. However, service dogs also have many other useful abilities that can support other types of people who need assistance – and they don’t just apply to those who have physical disabilities or impairments. These dogs can also play vital roles in the lives of those who need emotional support as a result of traumatic experiences, emotional issues or simply people whose conditions mean they respond well to having a constant, caring companion.
Therefore, we have created an infographic displaying the common types of assistance dogs and their skills in order to help raise awareness of how a trained dog can benefit the lives of many people. It also highlights how applicable an assistance dog can be to those who have experienced a serious injury and as a result may have impaired mobility, or experienced an accident which may have left them with issues such as seizures.
For many disabilities or condition, there are types of assistance dogs specifically trained to help their owner complete day to day tasks and encourage independence and self-sufficiency. Please feel free to re-use this infographic on your own sites or literature.