Lilly has helped me so much with my anxiety disorder. Whenever I start to feel anxious, Lilly can tell, and she comes over and gives me a nudge to tell me to calm down. She has helped me in public situations and in everyday situations like going to the grocery store. Sometimes my anxiety gets to me, making me depressed, but Lilly has helped me get through it and become social. There are service dogs for a number of different diseases and disabilities. Here are some of the types of service dogs.
Severe Allergy Alert Dog ( AADS)
These pooch’s alert their owner to life threatening allergies that may be around their owner. Especially different kind of trees, nuts, and more. To identify a AADS dog, they typically wear a vest with pockets to keep any medicine that says ” In the Event of an emergency check pockets”. Most of the time these dogs are partnered with children, but can also can be with anyone who suffers from a life threatening allergy.
Brace/ Mobility Support Dogs ( BMSD)
These dogs help their owner who needs help with balance issues due to a disability. Helps to retrieve, opens and closes doors, also helps with other tasks and in an emergency. BMSD dogs are large dogs to help support their owners balance. They must be at least 23inchs tall and 55lbs to fit the requirements. They wear a fitted specially designed harness to help there partner.
Diabetic Alert Dogs ( DADS)
Helps their owners by alerting the owners to dangerous or potentially deadly blood sugar, when the blood sugar is too high or too low. Many DADS dogs are trained to call 911 on a special phone. They should carry emergency protocols on their vests.
Medical Alert Dogs( MADS)
These dogs help their owners detect dangerous psychological changes. For example, blood pressure, hormone levels, and other bodily systems. Depending on owners disability they have different specialized gear.
Autism Assistance Dogs
These dogs assist in helping with calming, grounding and teaching life skills in an individual with autism. If the dog owner is young and non- verbal, the dog will usually carry emergency protocol and contact information on the dog vest.
Alerts their owners whom are deaf to help with environmental sounds. For example, alarms, knocking on doors, doorbells, cars and phones ringing. These dogs are trained to respond to any environmental sounds that the owners need to know about. These dogs don’t require any special gear, but can have on a bright orange vest as reserved for hearing dogs.
Medical Assistance dogs
These dogs assist their owner and are trained for specific medical conditions. Their gear can be based off the dog’s job fuctions.
Psychiatric Service Dog ( PSDS)
Helps owners with psychiatric disabilities such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD with trained tasks. These dogs are protected under the same federal laws that protect other service dogs. They must be given the exact same treatment . Emotional support animals ( ESAS) and therapy dogs are not the same as PSDS dogs. They don’t get any public access, and are not covered under the ADA.
Visual Assistance Dogs
These dogs help owners that are visually impaired. They are usually called guide dogs or leader dogs. Most of these dog breeds are Labs, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. They usually wear a guide harness with at least some part white.
Seizure Response Dogs
These dogs use trained tasks to help retrieve meds, can call 911, and utilize deep pressure stimulation to end seizures early. Must come naturally to the dog and have an intuitive nature.
Wheelchair Assistance Dogs
Helps retrieve dropped objects , opens doors, retrieves the phone, and helps with transfers. May or may not wear a special harness to help with the pulling of a wheelchair or opening doors.
Service dogs are great for people who need the assistance. I know my dog Lilly has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined.