Today, millions of people around the world suffer from a disability. These millions include many children suffering from neuromuscular disease which results in a mobility impairment requiring frequent use of a wheelchair. It is people who are deprived of mobility that are primarily interested in having the help of service dogs. These dogs provide people with disabilities assistance in everyday life.
Many service dogs can respond to over 50 commands. They also provide moral support, emotional support and are a great way for people with disabilities to be able to function in the everyday world. They thus encourage the social integration of persons with disabilities. There are also service dogs that are used to help children with autism or multiple disabilities as well as dogs that provide social support for institutions such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.
Today, many people with mobility impairments are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their own service dogs. They look forward to the help and companionship these wonderful dogs can bring to their lives. These dogs can collect and bring an object out of reach to a person with a disability. The dogs are trained to grasp and carry, without damaging the items, and they can carry all kinds of items, from credit cards, a bottle of mineral water, and even a pair of glasses. They can even open or close a drawer, or door, be it a room door or a cupboard door.
Most retail stores and restaurants allow service dogs, so these dogs can be helpful to their owners in this way as well. A dog can accompany his master in the stores and help complete a transaction if the counter is inaccessible for a disabled person. The dog can lay a purse or wallet in the counter and then retrieve an object like a bag or a ticket.
They can also bark on command to call for help in case of problems, and pick up and return to his master with a cordless phone to call for help. The service dog learn also how to behave in all circumstances since it is likely to accompany his master everywhere he goes whether it be school, shops, theater, concerts or supermarkets.
The simple tasks that the service dog will acquire throughout its training truly are a gift to its master. These dogs allow disabled individuals to feel freer and more secure in their environment and less dependent on their family.
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