There’s Nothing like Flying with Service Dogs in Training! These Are Heroic Animals in the Making!
No, service dogs are not pets.
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, these animals are “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” They have duties to do in order to enhance the quality of life and protect the well-being of persons with disabilities.
You’ll admire these dogs for what they can do, from being guides to blind and deaf individuals to providers of mobility assistance and psychiatric services to people with mental health disorders.
Here are the eight types of service dogs and how they bring so much difference to the world, according to Spruce Pets:
- Guide Dogs. This type of service dog was already in existence in the first century AD. On the other hand, standardized training for them went back to the 1700s. The duty of this kind of service dog is to assist persons who are blind or visually impaired. And one of its amazing characteristics is “selective disobedience” — it doesn’t follow its handler’s instructions if the situation is dangerous based on this dog’s assessment.
- Hearing Dogs. Yes, this kind of service dog can serve as the “ears” of their owners who are afflicted by deafness or hearing impairment. Among their trained skills are alerting their owners when the doorbell rings or someone is knocking on the door. They are also keen on listening to alarm clocks, baby’s cries, and fire alarms. But they don’t just alert their owners; they also lead them to the source of the sound or away from it if there’s danger.
- Seizure Alert Dogs. People with epilepsy appreciate the services that this type of service dog provides them. This animal is able to tune in to changes in human behavior that people can’t easily discern. It can tell when a seizure is imminent and quickly seeks help. It also positions its body as a protection for an epileptic person who’s having an episode.
- Diabetic Alert Dogs. With 300 million olfactory receptors, dogs can excel in this service. Through their powerful sense of smell, they can detect if a person’s blood sugar level is reaching dangerously high or low. They immediately inform their owners so that the situation gets remedied on time.
- Allergy Detection Dogs. Their powerful sense of smell is very advantageous for this service too. Dogs can detect allergens in food and in the air, then immediately alert their handlers. Those who need this type of service dog are mostly children, acting as their companions at school and in activities.
- Mobility Assistance Dogs. Persons with motor function impairment are grateful to this kind of service dog. This animal makes it possible for them to move around and carry on their day-to-day activities. This dog also helps in pulling a wheelchair up a ramp, pressing buttons on an elevator, and other tasks. They lend invaluable assistance to people with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, and muscular dystrophy.
- Autism Support Dogs. This type of service dog helps its handler by navigating social settings for them. They are also great companions whose impartial and loyal friendship is important to autistic kids. These dogs can likewise help them in improving their skills in communication and in controlling their emotions.
- Psychiatric Service Dogs. Those people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression can benefit enormously from the kind of service these dogs provide: a loving companion, protection, and skills intended to enhance their quality of life. These service dogs are different from emotional support dogs because they perform more tasks and duties.
Now, we can more fully understand why this Tiktok TikTok user @hopethefutureservicedog was so full of excitement! They were joining a large group of service dogs who were training for plane travel! Just imagine how thrilling it must be to be on a plane with these intelligent and highly-disciplined dogs.
Yes, it’s a precious opportunity to watch heroic dogs in the making!
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