We train and place mobility service dogs for children and adults with disabilities to become more independent. Recipients are asked to travel to San Diego California for handler training.
A mobility assistance dog is a service dog that is custom trained to assist individuals with physical limitations by performing such tasks as: bracing, help from the floor or from a sitting position, picking items up from the floor, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, assist in walking forward when someone freezes up such as in Parkinson's disease and helping with balance issues. The mobility dog can help those with back problems, balance problems and dizziness just to name a few. We train our mobility service dogs specifically for your needs.
This working dog wears a special vest and or harness with a handle on it. This is part of the mobility dog’s uniform when he or she is working. Just like a police officer, doctor, nurse or mailman wears a uniform the mobility assistance dog wear theirs.
Why does the mobility assistance dog have that handle on his or her vest?
The individual with specific physical limitations uses the handle that is on the dogs vest for a variety of reasons. Here are some examples of how a mobility assistance dog can help an individual become more independent: As a person is walking up stairs they are able to brace themselves on the mobility dog by holding on to the handle and helping support themselves as they continue to walk up the stairs. Some individuals may need assistance as they are walking downhill potentially losing their balance and falling. With a service dog they are able to hold on to the dog using the assistance dog to balance/brace thus preventing them from falling forward. If the disabled party begins to weaken or slip, they are able to hold on to the brace/handle while their assistance dog provides support from falling over or slipping. If they do happen to have a falling mishap the dog is trained to stand strong while helping support their partner from a sitting position. Some disabilities enable individuals from getting up from a chair, couch or any seated positon and the dog is specially trained to gently pull the person forward, thus helping them get up. Service dogs can also assist those individuals that have difficulty picking up items from the floor, such as those with severe dizziness due to vertigo or dizziness that is caused from medications they take. We train the dog to pick up items from the floor, thus preventing the individual from changing the position of their head which can cause severe dizziness and potentially keep them from falling.
What type of disabilities do the mobility assistance dogs help?
Some examples of disabilities that can benefit from a mobility assistance dog include but are not limited to: Cerebral Palsy, Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy, Brain injuries, balance problems (Ataxia), Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injuries.
In addition to the trained tasks described above, these mobility assistance dogs provide emotional support for the recipient; they help increase confidence and are a distraction during unpleasant medical procedures.
How to apply and the cost for a mobility service dog is explained here Application for Service Dogs.
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