Is a service or assistance dog for you?
Equal rights exist which form the base of living life to the fullest but it may not always seem that wayfor those with either physical or mental disabilities, often confined, isolated, and dependant on others to achieve many of the little things we take for granted.
A service / assistance dog is NOT the answer, but it can certainly be one of the many solutions for people in this predicament. Notwithstanding Guide Dogs, having a dog as a service or assistance dog is still in its infancy in Australia, but they have the ability to empower the disabled to make decisions and be independent.
Historically dogs are trained before going to the handler as a package often at great cost – Service DogTraining uses a different approach: getting the handler involved in training their own service /assistance dog. This enhances the bond between the handler and the dog and often creates additional intuitive outcomes that make dogs so special.
So how can a service dog help? ASD kiddies avoid meltdowns; warn a handler that a seizure is imminent; help with pain and depression; help someone go out of their home; be the anchor for those suffering PTSD; fetch and carry, open and close doors, cupboards, cabinets; offer stability – the list is very long and still ever growing.
Service DogTraining offers support services to those wanting to take steps to further independence, self-reliance and empowerment with the help of a self-trained Service / Assistance dog.
NB: To check if this could be an option for you or your family, BEFORE getting a dog, please read ‘Considerations when applying for an Assistance Dog’, a document that all people who want to go this way SHOULD read.