Thanks for enquiring about one of our dogs to assistant you in your day to day lives. There are many ways a dog can assist
it's human. In order to best meet your needs you need to recognize what your needs are so we know what the dogs job will be.
It is very helpful if you have a proper medical diagnosis of your condition so we know how you will be best helped with an
assistance dog. It is of no help to you if we place the wring dog with you who is not suited to meet your needs.
Below are a detailed list of types of assistance dogs and their roles in the lives of their handlers. Please decide which type
of assistance dog best meets your needs.
Emotional Support Dog:
An emotional support dog (ESD) is a companion animal (pet) that a medical professional says provides some benefit for a
person disabled by a mental health condition or emotional disorder.
People who qualify for emotional support animals have verifiable psychological disabilities that substantially interfere with
major life activities, such as anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, or panic attacks.
An emotional support dog differs from a service animal. Service animals are trained to perform specific tasks such as helping
a blind person walk, while emotional support animals receive no specific training beyond socialization and basic training.
When it comes to mental illness, whether or not the animal is a “service dog” vs. an Emotional Support dog would hinge on
whether the dog is formally trained to do something specific to mitigate the mental illness.
Most Common Reasons Listed For Emotional Support Dog Needs.
Stress Related, Adjustment Disorders, Generalized anxiety disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Phobias, Panic disorder, Post-
traumatic stress disorder, Separation anxiety, Dissociative Disorders, Factitious Disorders. Eating Disorders, Impulse-Control
Disorders, Mental Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Personality
Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, Substance
Related Disorders, Suicidal Thoughts.
Medical Alert Dogs:
A medical alert dogs job is to alert their handler to dangerous physiological changes such as blood pressure, hormone levels
or another verifiable, measurable bodily symptom.
Common types of medical alert dogs would be Diabetic Alert, seizure alert, high or low blood pressure etc
Medical Alert Dogs’ jobs and functions can vary widely. The dog may retrieve medication, utilize deep pressure stimulation to
end a seizure early, fetch a nearby person to help or call 911 or any other trained task designed to assist the owner in medical
Hearing Ear Dogs:
A hearing ear dog's job is to alert their Deaf handler to specifically trained environmental sounds, including, but not limited to,
alarms, doorbells, knocking, phones, cars or their name.
Hearing Ear Dogs can be trained to respond to any environmental sound or cue their handler needs to know about. Just
because you can’t see what a Hearing Dog is responding to doesn’t mean he’s not working.
Physical Assistance Dog:
A physical assistance dog is a service dog trained to assist a person who has mobility issues, 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”
Brace/Mobility Support Dogs:
A Brace/Mobility Support Dog works to provide bracing or counterbalancing to a partner who has balance issues due to a
Severe Allergy Alert Dogs:
A severe allergy alert dog's job is to alert their handler to life-threatening allergens that may be in the area, especially tree nuts,
gluten or shellfish. Often allergens are hidden and can not be seen until it is too late.
These dogs are often partnered with children, but can be seen partnered with any person with a life-threatening allergy. Most
Allergen Alert Dogs carry medical information and emergency protocol in their vest or on a USB key attached to their collar.
Autism Assistance Dogs
An Autism Assistance dog's job is to assist in calming and grounding an individual on the autism spectrum via tactile or deep
pressure stimulation. May also assist in teaching life skills, maintaining boundaries or finding/accompanying a “runner.”
Wheelchair Assistance Dogs
A wheelchair assistance dogs job is to assist their partner by retrieving dropped objects, opening doors, retrieving the phone,
helping with transfers or anything else their partner may need.
Visual Assistance Dogs
A visual assistance dog's job is to guide their partially visually impaired or blind handler. They are their handlers eyes warning
of dangerous situations, curbs, walls etc.
While there may be other services a dog is needed for these tend to be the most common ones we see.
You need to be clearly aware of what your needs are so that we can match you up appropriately.
Please note, these dogs are tools for a serious and legitimate medical condition, they are not fashion statements.
We will NOT take requests for colour or markings if it has no bearing on the medical issue we are working with because that
is not important in helping you medically. In some situations we will take gender into consideration because we realize
each gender has strengths and weaknesses and one may be better suited to an individual situation
If you still wish to purchase an Assistance Dog from us, please fill out the specific application below
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