Everything you need to know about companion and service dogs – Part 1

Dogs are mans best friend, it’s like they were meant to be with humans. Dogs are also very helpful to mankind. They can protect your property from intruders, and they make good companions. Dog’s, like humans, need to be raised and trained properly to be “civil” and obeying.

When raised properly, they make good companions. The relationship with a dog and it’s trainer/owner is a special bond. It’s just simple enough to say they are our friends. But it is important for the ones who serve do what they do.

The idea of service dogs began over a thousand years ago. There were blind people who trained the small dogs to lead them around on a long rope. then dogs were trained during the great war to carry messages and do special tasks.

In 1929 Morris Frank and Dorothy Harris Eustis established the first Guide Dog School in the USA in Morristown, New Jersey, calling it “The Seeing Eye”. In 1931, the Guide-Dogs for the Blind Association was started in the United Kingdom. Over the years more and more countries have opened their own training centers.

These specially trained dogs help providing service in many good ways. They can be trained to lead through difficult and sometimes dangerous situations. Service dogs are specially trained for physically or mentally impaired people. This is a list of different kinds of service dogs:

*Guide Dogs: Probably the most familiar type of service dog is the guide dog that is trained to help blind or visually impaired people. These dogs serve as the eyes for their owner, navigating them through traffic, stairs and sidewalks while avoiding all obstacles that could cause injury.

*Hearing Dogs: Similar to guide dogs, “hearing” or “signal” dogs are trained to assist deaf people. They alert their owner to sounds, usually by approaching their owner and then by going back to the source of the sound. They signal such noises as doorbells, phones, smoke alarms etc.

*Mobility Assist Dogs: Pull a person’s wheelchair, carries things in a backpack, picks up things a person drops, opens/closes doors, helps the handler get dressed or undressed.

*Walker Dogs: Helps the handler walk by balancing or acting as a counter balance and does many of the things that mobility assist dogs do.

*Seizure Alert/Response Dogs: These dogs are trained to respond to a person’s seizures and either stay with the person, or go get help. Some dogs are trained to hit a button on a console to automatically dial 911. When the dog hears the voice over the

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