what do you know about service animals- that help the disabled?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Service animals, usually dogs, are trained to help specific individuals cope with disabilities. Some of them are trained by organizations like the Lions or Paws with a Cause. Others are trained by their owners.

    Most people are familiar with guide dogs for blind people. Dogs are starting to provide services in a number of other areas. My hearing dog tells me about sounds like the doorbell, the phone (text telephone), the smoke detector, the kettle whistling, traffic approaching from behind when we are walking, and people coming up behind me and talking. Medic alert dogs warn their partners if their blood sugar is too high or too low, or if they are about to suffer a seizure. Mobility assistance dogs have harnesses with special grips that their partners hold to help maintain their balance. They also pull wheelchairs, open doors, push "walk" buttons on stop lights, retrieve items from cupboards, and even take clothes out of the drier.

    Many countries have laws that allow a service animal to go wherever its human partner can go, but the laws vary from one country to another. The Americans with Disabilities Act, for example, allows a service dog to go anywhere if the owner says the dog is a service dog. No proof is necessary. In Ontario, Canada, however, someone with an invisible disability must produce a letter from a doctor if restaurant staff ask for it, and a service dog must be certified by a recognized service animal training organization before it is allowed on a plane. It is difficult for people who train their own dogs to get them certified because most dog training organizations will not test animals they did not train.

    Dogs are also being used for therapy. Some people recover more quickly if they have the opportunity to pet a dog. Children's hospitals and senior's homes have found therapy dogs helpful. Because of the nature of their work, therapy dogs are not considered service dogs and do not have the right to enter stores and restaurants.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most guide dog services are funded by the Lions Club International. Training of a guide dog is a long process, from socializing puppies to finding the right puppy to go onto further training. Not all dogs have the temperment to be a guide dog or a service animal for those who have epilepsy, hearing dogs, dogs who help the physically disabled.

    Most service dogs/guide dogs are either German Shepherds, retrievers ( Golds , Blacks and Browns) or cross breeds like the Labradoodle.

    Training costs run about 40,000-50,000 per animal.

    There are many good schools for guide dogs across the US and Canada and the dogs are matched with their owners for temperment etc.

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  • jobees
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    there are many types

    guide dogs for the blind

    hearing dogs for the deaf, that tell the owner when the door is buzzing, etc

    Dogs for the mentally ill. Remind them to take medicines

    Stop them repeating washing hands.

    Assistan dogs for people who can't use their hands to well.

    They can pick thing up. call and bark in the phone for help.

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  • DCFN
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    There are service dogs that help blind persons, deaf persons, and mentally ill persons.

    There are monkeys that help people who have lost the use of one or more of their limbs.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I could write a 20 page paper. Could you be more specific?

    Do you want to know about training?

    Different types?


    Laws about where they can go?


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