Types of Service Dogs

There are many different types of service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility-stability dogs, seizure-alert-response dogs, psychiatric service dogs, and autism dogs.  There are also different definitions of service dogs or service animals in different  circumstance, depending on which law(s) apply.

There are other types of dogs with jobs that help people, emotional support animals and therapy dogs.

Service Dogs

Service dogs are individually trained to do things that their disabled partner cannot do for themselves because of their disability. There are many different types of tasks that might be performed by service dogs. This will be based on the service dogs owner and their individual limitations and abilities or specific needs.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs has been specially trained to lead while avoiding distractions and any dangers, obey commands, disobey any command that would in danger the guide dog owner (Team). The guide dog owner is responsible for instructing the dog by being the leader of the team and providing care and praise.

Hearing Dogs

Hearing dogs are specially trained to alert their deaf or hard of hearing owner to a different environmental sounds as: the doorbell, door knock, timers, smoke alarms, automobile horns, emergency vehicles, a baby crying, etc. Some owners have their hearing dog work for them inside their home only, while others choose to have their dog work for them everywhere they travel.

Mobility-Stability Service Dogs

Mobility-Stability Service Dog is a service dog specially trained to accompany people with physical impairments that effect mobility. These dogs benefit wheelchair users by giving assistants by retrieval of dropped items or reaching the light switch turning   on/off in the home or office setting, opening/closing doors, assist a person moving to and from the wheelchair, these are among some of the tasks they may need to perform.

For ambulant person with mobility or stability difficulties with movement, mobility-stability service dogs provide assistants with stability and balance while walking. These dogs adorn special harness that allows the dog to work as a counterbalance for their owner while he/she is walking to prevent a fall. These dogs also help their owners with many of the same tasks needed by those used for wheelchair, retrieval of dropped items, assist in tugging off clothing, bringing a cane/walker, etc. Every service dog’s tasks are customized for the individual needs.

Seizure-Alert-Response Dogs

Right around fifteen percent of dogs are naturally capable of predicting seizures before they occur. These maybe made about  10-20 minutes before the seizure, giving the person with the disorder ample time to move to a safe place, take any medications they any need, call for assistance, or inform friends or family of the imminent seizure so they maybe checked later.

It can take up to six months living with a person with a seizure disorder to before response dogs displays this ability. Many programs that place seizure-alert-response dogs have reported that about half of the dogs they place go on to alert as well within six months of placement.

Seizure Response Dogs

Seizure response dogs, are specially trained to execute tasks during or after a seizure has occurred. This undertaking maybe as simple as rolling the person to generate an open airway, clearing regurgitation from the mouth, getting assistants by operating a call button or family member , barring their owner with post seizure disorientation from open stairwells or busy roadways, assisting their owner back to their feet and post seizure balancing matters, leading their owner to a safe place or person. These actions are not limited to seizure response dogs. These actions are so helpful almost all seizure alert dogs are individually trained in this type of response work.

Psychiatric Service Dogs

. Psychiatric Service Dogs  are service dogs specially trained to execute tasks which fulfill the psychiatric disabilities of their owners. Such as post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia, a child or adult whom has suffered a traumatic experience. Although service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility-stability dogs, seizure-alert-response dogs, and autism dogs. Have their type of disabilities they assist with They may also be beneficial with this disability also.

Autism Service Dogs

Autism service dog maybe individually trained to expedite some of the same undertaking as  service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility-stability dogs, seizure-alert-response dogs, psychiatric service dogs.

A service dog for autism may alert their owner of important sounds, a fire alarm, knock at the door, the phone ringing, the alarm clock, the kitchen timer, the baby crying. The autism service dog when they alert their owner it reminds the owner to stop everything else and center their attention on the sound being expressed by the autism service dog.

Autism service dogs can lead a bewilder owner from an overwhelming circumstance on command. Instead, the autism service dog maybe trained to locate a family member or care provider. Autism service dogs can give assistance with stimming by notifying their owner when stimming begins. Such as hand flapping, head banging may cause great harm. The autism service dog’s can not control this behavior of his or her owner. but to alert their owner. It is up to the owner to make a change.

Some may tether very young Autistic children to their autism service dog to prevent them from bolting or running away. In other cases the autism service dog help out as a babysitter and alert the parents when the child tries to leave the house.

The tethering of any child to a service dog is Not recommended at any time for safety reasons, for the child and dog both.

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are a working dogs, but they are not a type of service dog. Therapy dogs are trained in basic obedience and then tested for both obedience and temperament. Once they pass a therapy dog test with their handler, they maybe registered with a therapy dog organization.

Most therapy dog organizations need an annual veterinary examinations this ensures the therapy dog is in good health. All organizations have strict grooming standards, requiring that the therapy dog be bathed no more than 24 hours before scheduled visit.

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animal maybe a dog, cat, or any domesticated animal that renders therapeutic aid to the disabled or elderly. This is through compassion, affection, fellowship, and the unconditional support they offer.

Emotional support animals are not specially trained similar to service dogs, guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility-stability dogs, seizure-alert-response dogs, psychiatric service dogs, and autism dogs are.

 The training for emotional support animals is basic.  Requirements are, greets a stranger friendly, sits politely for petting, agreeable when being groomed, brushed; allows paws and ears when being handled, works on a loose leash as guided, walks politely through a crowd, follows basic commands like sits, lies down and stays in place, comes when called, behaves around other dogs, will not react to distractions, maybe left with a trusted person. This also means being fully toilet trained, with no bad habits that may disturb neighbors.