An Introduction to Service Dogs

In today's world, disabled individuals can have a difficult time negotiating the tasks that we face in every day life. Individuals that have hearing impairments, visual difficulties, ambulatory issues, seizures, autism and many other disabilities have roadblocks that they must face every day. These roadblocks make it very difficult for disabled individuals to function the same as other people. However, the training that service dogs receive can help the disabled in many of the day to day tasks.

These service dogs, also known as assistance dogs, are trained animals that have a job that they need to complete. Depending on the disability, the service dog may be called upon to help the disabled to walk, hear and other day-to-day functions. Dogs are provided specialized training and work with their owners to retrieve medication, provide balance, respond to a telephone, help remind owners to take medication and a wide range of other duties. Because these animals are working, it is important that others not interfere with their duties.

Because of the duties that service dogs perform, they are protected under law by various legislation for the disabled. Under the Americans for Disabilities Act of 1990, service dogs are allowed in all public buildings. In addition other parts of the Air Carrier Access Act will permit service animals on commercial airlines, and the Fair Housing Act allows service animals in housing without restrictions.

Service dogs provide a vital service to disabled people, and it is important to understand their function and role in the world. To learn more about the lives of these marvelous animals, we have put together the following information. We hope that it helps you learn more about assistance dogs, how they are trained, how they function and more.