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I know I’ve said it before, but service dogs are amazing! They are so smart, and they can save people’s lives. However, there are so many different kinds of service dogs that are all trained for different tasks. So, what are some of the different types of service dogs?
I’m not 100% sure if these are the official names for these dogs or not, but the important thing is that they are all amazing dogs that should be rewarded and recognized for their hard work.
Autism Assistance Dogs
Autism assistance dogs are trained specifically to help out people with autism. They know exactly how to calm their human down and help teach them life skills along the way.
Diabetic Alert Dogs
As the name implies, these dogs can help humans with diabetes. They can alert their humans of dangerous blood sugar highs and lows. Some of these dogs even have a special button they can press to alert 9-1-1 in a deadly situation.
Hearing Assistance Dogs
Hearing dogs are trained specifically to help someone that is deaf or hearing impaired. They can alert their human of any sounds around them such as doorbells, phones, alarms, and cars.
Medical Alert Dogs
These dogs are trained to pay attention to specific medical aspects of their handlers. They can usually detect changes in blood pressure or hormone levels, and they can alert their human of these changes.
Mobility Support Dogs
Also known as “brace support dogs”, these canines can help their humans with balance. They can provide support for their handler and they can retrieve items if needed.
Psychiatric Service Dogs
There are lots of different types of psychiatric service dogs including dogs that can help with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. They are trained to help calm their humans down and they typically know what to do in the event of a panic attack.
Seizure Response Dogs
These dogs know exactly what to do if their human has a seizure. They can retrieve the proper medication and even find a nearby human to call 9-1-1. They can usually tell when a seizure is about to happen and alert those around them.
Severe Allergy Alert Dogs
Severe allergy alert dogs are very familiar with their human’s serious allergies. They can alert their human if any of their life-threatening allergies are nearby.
Visual Assistance Dogs
Also commonly referred to as “guide dogs” and “seeing eye dogs”, these dogs are the ones that people are usually the most familiar with. Their role is to guide their blind or visually impaired handler to make it easier for them to get around.
Wheelchair Assistance Dogs
As the name implies, these service dogs are trained to assist a person in a wheelchair. They can open doors, pick up items, and help their humans get in and out of their wheelchair.
Take These Amazing Dogs Seriously
With so many people faking service dogs nowadays, it might seem hard to take them seriously, but trust me, these dogs are crucial to their humans. Just because a person doesn’t look like they have a disability doesn’t mean their service dog isn’t serious. So, please don’t be judgmental of people with service dogs because those amazing dogs have likely changed that person’s life.
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4 thoughts on “What Skills Can Service Dogs Have?”
I loved your blog post Molly, I myself am in the journey of getting a service dog, and I’m in the process of fundrasing for it, if you have any family or freinds who would like to donate, they can do so through Venmo. Also, check out my blog i have. Called Kamila Gutierrez’s Blog.
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