Service Dog Benefits

service dog benefits

There are numerous health benefits of having a service dog. Depending on the type of service dog a person is using and the severity of a persons disabilities.

Service Dog Benefits- Types of Service Dogs

  • Guide Dogs
  • Hearing Alert Dogs / Signal Dogs
  • Psychiatric Service Dogs
  • Seizure Alert Dogs
  • Diabetes Alert Dogs
  • Migraine Alert Dogs
  • Narcolepsy Alert Dogs
  • Autism Service Dogs

Service Dog Benefits- Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs (also called mobility dogs), are service dogs that are trained to retrieve items, push buttons, or open doors for their handlers. These service dogs might help people with disabilities with balance, transferring from one place to another, or walking, among other tasks.e guide dog is a “mobility aid” that can enable people who are blind or have low vision to travel safely.

Service Dog Benefits- Hearing Alert Dogs

A Hearing Alert Dog is a service dog that is trained to alert its hearing-impaired handler to sounds, which he or she cannot hear. Hearing Dogs are trained to alert people to household sounds that are necessary for everyday safety and independence. They are trained to make physical contact and lead their person to the source of the sound. Through sound awareness and companionship, these dogs provide greatly increased freedom.

Service Dog Benefits- Psychiatric Service Dogs

A psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate their handler’s disability. Training to mitigate a psychiatric disability may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behaviors), reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects, guiding the handler from stressful situations, or acting as a brace if the handler becomes dizzy.

Service Dog Benefits- Seizure Alert Dogs

Seizure Alert Dogs are sometimes referred to as, ‘Medical Alert Dogs” or “Seizure Response Dogs”. In the event a handler has a seizure, these working canines and are trained to respond to their handler’s state by either retrieving assistance, or remaining by the person’s side until help comes. Some seizure alert dogs can even alert their handlers to oncoming seizures.

Service Dog Benefits- Diabetes Alert Dogs

There are two different levels of service dogs for people with diabetesmedical response dogs and diabetic alert dogs.Medical response dogs for diabetes are trained to respond to signs that an owner may be experiencing low blood sugar levels, once they have become symptomatic. A diabetic alert dog, on the other hand, is trained to recognize changes in a person’s blood chemistry, which often allows the dog to alert the person or the caregivers to take action.

Service Dog Benefits-Migraine Alert Dogs

For migraine sufferers, early warning signs are a godsend that often enable them to sidestep the pain through early medication. Migraine alert dogs are just such an early warning system. Much like seizure alert dogs, seeing eye dogs or hearing dogs, these special animals are trained to recognize changes in their owner’s physical or psychological behaviors that signal migraine onset.

Service Dog Benefits- Narcolepsy Alert Dogs

Service dogs help people with narcolepsy by performing several different types of tasks. They can stand over the person’s lap when an attack comes on, which prevents them from sliding out of a chair onto the floor; they can also stand over the person to protect them if they are out in public, or they can go get help. And most importantly, they can provide a warning up to 5 minutes before an attack comes on, giving their handler a chance to get to a safe place or a safe position.

Service Dog Benefits- Autism Service Dogs

For the most part, these dogs are trained to perform tasks similar to those of service dogs for other sensory processing disorders. Many autism service dogs are trained in guide work/obstacle avoidance (similar to a guide dog) to help the handler with visual stimuli, find specific locations to help with navigation, signal to sounds, and provide targeted deep pressure therapy.