Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Assistance Dogs

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Blogs:https://minamaries.blogspot.com.au https://simpleselfimprovement.blogspot.com.au/
Dogs (165)      Pet Ownership (77)     
The cost of training an Assistance Dog in Australia can be in excess of $30,000. This sounds like an incredible amount until you think how much it would cost to pay a human to stay with a person with a disability 24/7 doing all sorts of support tasks.

Service dog
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Assistance dogs,sometimes called service dogs, can help people with a variety of disabilities. They can support those who have had a developmental disability such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida since birth. They can help people who acquire a disability later in life either through an accident or an illness such as multiple sclerosis. In addition they can provide help to those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, autism, dementia or other conditions.

Service dogs are being provided to people with an increasing range of disabilities. The type of support provided by the dog depends on the individual's disability and what support they require.

Service dog at the pool
Image courtesy of Pixabay

The idea of an assistance dog is that it will increase the independence of the person it was trained to help, not do tasks the person is capable of doing.

In Australia Labradors and golden retrievers are often trained as assistance dogs due to their temperament. They are known for being kind, intelligent and sensitive.

Australian law (through the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, amended in 2009) guarantees that people who have a disability and have been provided with an assistance dog will be able to take that dog on public transport and into cafes, restaurants, accommodation, entertainment venues and hospitals.

Assistance dogs can be trained to provide support in many ways and some may be able to follow as many as fifty commands. Support can include:
fetching things
picking up items that have been dropped, even difficult items such as a credit card
providing a calm presence during an anxiety attack
reminding the owner to take medication
helping the owner get dressed
opening and closing cupboards, drawers and the fridge
loading and emptying the washing machine
pressing the button at traffic lights or elevator
closing blinds
turning on the television

Some people with a disability are able to live independently because of their assistance dog. Without their dog they would need to live in accommodation where human support was available 24/7. They would need a human to accompany them on outings and they would have to fit in with the availability of that person.

#Pet Ownership
I like this Article - 3
Do you have a pet story or helpful tips and tricks to share with other pet owners? You can get paid for submitting your original articles, product reviews or pet tips! Apply here.
More Articles by Marie Vonow
June 24th is internationally celebrated as, 'Take Your Dog to Work Day
In South Australia it will be mandatory for any cat born after July 1st 2018 to be desexed with ex...
In some places it is **compulsory** to have dogs, both male and female, desexed, unless they are c...
Cats are fascinating creatures
The idea of anyone being fearful of cats is difficult to imagine if one is a cat lover
Have you ever seen hamsters on television or in a video and thought what a cute pet one would make? ...
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
It is possible to have a phobia about anything
ID: 47203
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
My dog goes crazy for the smell and taste of peanut butter
**Who will look after your pets when you are gone?** My husband and I were recently updating ...
When parents bring a new baby into their home, they take every precaution to make it safe
Pets are a member of the family so why wouldn’t you want to capture their precious moments for your ...
We all enjoy the beauty that greenery and flowers bring inside our homes
**%%Loves Me, Loves Me Not?%%** Cats have always been a bit of an enigma…
Shooting (pictures of!) dogs is like any other sort or photography with its own charms, quirks and...
Do you feed your pets at the table? I’m not talking about feeding them table scraps- I mean do ...
Canine Dental hygiene is key part of maintaining your dog’s overall health and wellbeing
Don’t let your pet’s food and water dishes become a science experiment
Dogs (165)
Cats (73)
Birds (13)
Horses (3)
Health (40)
Pets (30)
Feeding (28)
Safety (10)
Dog (6)
Llamas (4)
Summer (4)
Stress (3)
Dental (3)
Toxic (3)
Grief (3)
Fowl (3)
Fleas (3)
Diet (3)
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version