These dogs are used for helping the visually impaired.
Golden Retrievers are the most often chosen dog breed for this. But sometimes they use other breeds – such as Poodles.
These dogs wear a special harness which allows them to guide their human.
And sometimes they wear vests which tell everyone that they are working dogs.
This stops everyone petting and distracting them whilst they are guiding their human.
These dogs are used for those who are hearing impaired.
Again Golden Retrievers are the go to dog when it comes to hearing dogs.
But Spaniels and Poodles are also sometimes used among others.
Mobility Assistance Dogs
These dogs perform tasks such as helping their human up a wheel chair ramp.
They fetch objects to help their humans – such as the newspaper or a bottle of water.
These dogs are a key factor into giving people their independence.
Diabetic Alert Dogs
These dogs pick up chemical changes in blood sugar.
These can be both high and low levels of change.
These dogs alert their owners of any changes, and or know how to sound alarms if medical assistance is needed.
These dogs are trained to react in a specific way right before their owner has a seizure – this then gives me time to prepare for it.
You also get Seizure Response Dogs – who will bark to get help when their owners are having a seizure, and or press an alarm should it be required.
They are trained to bring medicine and or a phone to their human to help them.
Psychiatric service dogs
These dogs are for people who are suffering from depression, PTSD and anxiety.