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Types of Service Dogs

Medical Assistance Service Dogs

A medical assistance service dog can:

  • Alert someone that help is needed

  • Push a medical alert button when an emergency occurs

  • Provide balance support to help someone recover from an incident or episode 

  • Retrieve a phone or medicine

  • Alert to dissociation or other similar experiences 

  • Alert to and locate the source of noises for hearing assistance 

  • Provide Deep Pressure Therapy or alert to oncoming anxiety or panic attacks 

  • Provide emotional support and comfort during their handler’s recovery period

Mobility Assistance Service Dogs

These dogs can provide a variety of tasks to help aid in someone’s mobility, balance, and stability. A mobility assistance dog can:

  • Provide balance support via a balance/stability harness

  • Provide a brace in the event of a fall

  • Physically pull in harness to help someone up steep inclines, or to get out of a seated position

  • Retrieve dropped items, open doors, turn on/off lights

  • Provide emotional support and comfort for their handler

  • Help their handler achieve greater independence

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