Types of Service Dogs

Seizure Response Service Dogs

These dogs can perform a variety of tasks to assist their handlers during and after a seizure occurs. A seizure response dog can:

  • Alert someone that help is needed

  • Push a medical alert button when a seizure occurs

  • Provide balance support to help someone recover after a seizure

  • Retrieve a phone or medicine

  • Alert to dissociation (during small, focal seizures)

  • Provide emotional support and comfort during their handler’s recovery period

Mobility Assistance Service Dogs

These dogs can provide a variety of tasks to help aid in someone’s mobility, balance, and stability. A mobility assistance dog can:

  • Provide balance support via a balance/stability harness

  • Provide a brace in the event of a fall

  • Physically pull in harness to help someone up steep inclines, or to get out of a seated position

  • Retrieve dropped items, open doors, turn on/off lights

  • Provide emotional support and comfort for their handler

  • Help their handler achieve greater independence

Psychiatric Service Dogs

These dogs can be taught a variety of tasks to help with psychiatric related disorders. A psychiatric service dog can:

  • Provide emotional and psychological support

  • Alert to, and provide support during panic attacks

  • Help reduce anxiety

  • Help improve sleep problems

  • Provide Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT)

  • Retrieve medication or push a medical alert button

  • Help with mood swings, hypervigilance, heightened emotions, depression, impaired
    self-esteem, impulsivity, feelings of isolation, irritability, repetitive behaviors, and

  • Autism assistance: Deep pressure therapy, emotional support, anchoring, alerting, and interrupting repetitive behaviors. 

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs are specially trained service dogs that are trained to lead blind and visually impaired people. They are taught to navigate around obstacles, stop at any change in elevation, target specific objects in the environment, help maintain their handler’s orientation, and keep their handler safe during travel. We train and place Guide Dogs for non-profit organizations and for private clients.

Skilled Companions

Skilled companions are dogs that are trained to work with an adult or child with a disability under the guidance of a facilitator. A facilitator can be a parent, spouse, or caregiver who lives in the same household as the recipient. The facilitator cares for the assistance dog, encourages a bond between the dog and the recipient, and is responsible for the training needs of the team.

Skilled companions are well bred, calm dogs that are reliable and affectionate. They are eager to please and enjoy providing assistance to their handler. Skilled companions can receive full service dog training in order to have ADA access rights, or they can receive task training only, so that they can provide assistance in the home. Skilled companions that receive task training only are not full service dogs with ADA access rights, and are referred to as Assistance Dogs. They may accompany their handler to pet friendly places, and are well behaved in public, but they do not receive full public access training like fully trained service dogs. Task only assistance dogs are less expensive due to the shorter training requirement. 

Requirements for a skilled companion dog:

  • Must be at least 5 years old

  • Must have a physical or developmental disability

  • Live full time with facilitator 

Facilitator Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to safely and effectively control, manage, and care for a dog.

  • Be willing to take full responsibility for the care and management of the service/assistance dog team 

  • Be willing to participate in the training, placement, and follow up visits for the service/assistance dog team