Service Animal Definitions
Service Animal Definitions
MOBILITY ASSISTANCE SERVICE DOG — Once fully trained, these dogs are able to assist physically disabled individuals to accomplish daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Each dog is customized to the individual needs of the owner which may include being wheelchair-dependent. Among other tasks such as providing balance and stability and pulling wheelchairs or carrying and picking up things for persons with mobility impairments, a mobility assistance dog can be trained to open and close doors, and operate light switches, and can have a major positive impact on the lives of recipients.
PTSD DOG — A psychiatric service dog is specially trained to aid its owner in daily tasks that may be especially challenging for him or her. Although service dogs are perhaps best known for their work with those living with physical limitations, such as vision, hearing, or mobility problems, they can also provide significant help for those dealing with psychiatric issues. Unlike emotional companions who only provide their owners with moral support, psychiatric service dogs are specifically trained to help their owners deal with their unique issues. These dogs are often used to remind people to take medication, stop people from engaging in self-destructive or repetitive behaviors, and provide physical and emotional support as needed.
COMPANION DOG — A companion dog is trained to assist individuals in their home. They provide unconditional love and affection to their partner who may be elderly, home-bound or have a psychiatric or other illness. Studies have shown, that people with dogs tend to live longer, are healthier, more active and feel more fulfilled. Our companion dogs are also taught to dial 911 and provide an added measure of safety.
THERAPY DOG — A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals,retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations, such as disaster areas. A therapy dog’s primary job is to allow unfamiliar people to make physical contact with it and to enjoy that contact. Children in particular enjoy hugging animals; adults usually enjoy simply petting the dog. The dog might need to be lifted onto, or climb onto, an individual’s lap or bed and sit or lie comfortably there. Many dogs contribute to the visiting experience by performing small tricks for their audience or by playing carefully structured games.
SOCIAL/SKILLED COMPANION DOG — A Skilled Companion Dog is a service dog trained to work or perform tasks with an adult or child with a disability under the guidance of an additional person, a facilitator. A facilitator is typically a parent, spouse or caregiver who handles and cares for the assistance dog, encourages and is responsible for the customized needs of the placement.