Woofing Workers: 5 Types of Service Dogs

Dogs are considered by many people as their most reliable companions. This is especially true for those who have service dogs. These helpful canines are specifically trained to assist persons with disabilities.

You can recognize one by its bright-colored, service dog jacket. If you’re ever out and about with your family or friends and you see one, try not to disturb them. While they have a calm disposition, and are friendly by design, they’re working animals with essential jobs to do. Here are 4 examples.

Guide Dogs

For service animals, guides are one of the most commonly seen in the US. They assist low-vision and blind people around obstacles. They typically wear a white harness attached to a special service dog leash.

Hearing Dogs

People who are deaf or hard of hearing count on these canines. They assist their owners by ‘pawing’ them when they hear important sounds such as telephone rings, fire alarms, doorbells, and honks from car horns.

Diabetic Alert Dogs

People who have high or low blood sugar levels experience changes in their body chemistry that result in distinct smells. While all dogs have a naturally keen sense of smell, a diabetic alert dog is taught not only to sense changes in their owners’ body chemistry but also to warn them. They can also be trained to get their owners’ attention by pawing them, barking, or even fetching a blood glucose meter.

Seizure Response Dogs

These dogsassist their handlers during or after an epileptic seizure. They can perform a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Warning their own before a seizure occurs
  • Searching for people during emergencies
  • Lying next to their owner to protect them from injury
  • Moving their owner if the seizure occurred in the middle of the road or other unsafe locations

Mobility Assistance Dogs

These dogs are taught to help people who have mobility issues. Some examples are individuals with spinal cord or brain injuries and muscular dystrophy. They can perform tasks for their owners, such as retrieving items, opening doors, and even helping pay the cashier.

Service animals are specially trained and can help people with disabilities or health issues. If you’re approached by a canine wearing a service dog jacket and its handler is nowhere in sight, it might be looking for help for its owner. Don’t hesitate to go where they lead you. You might just save someone’s life.


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