Assistance Dogs  
  What Is an Assistance Dog?

Assistance dogs provide help and emotional comfort to people of all ages who are disabled in some way. Assistance dogs can enable a person to live independently who would not otherwise be able to. A Seeing Eye dog is a familiar type of assistance dog, but there are a variety of other ways that specially trained dogs serve people:

  • alerting a deaf person to the phone ringing or someone at the door
  • alerting a person prone to seizures of an impending episode
  • retrieving objects for people with limited ability to move

Assistance dogs are driven by their natural desire to care for and please their human partners.

Last revised 9/2/06.

Copyright © 2005 International K-9 Search and Rescue Services. All rights reserved.