According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), service animals are dogs trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
Disabilities may be physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental-related.
The work or tasks performed by a service dog must be directly related to its handler's disability.
Service dogs are considered working animals and a member of a necessary team of two: the service dog and its disabled handler.
Because of the potential life-saving tasks the service dog provides, the dog may legally accompany its disabled handler wherever the handler may go.
(EXAMPLE SKILLS WE TEACH: body pressure, carry, drag, find it, guide, lick face/hands, pawing, pull, vocalizing, retrieve, target,
Alert a family member
Alert handler to another person crying/calling/yelling
Alert for help
Help, handler, the car or other person or item
home, to an exit, to specific item, location or to a specific person
Interrupt anxiety attacks, crying, disassociation, flashbacks, freezing behavior, harmful behaviors, nightmares, repetitive behaviors, scratching/skin picking
Alert to allergen in food or in the area
Alert to dangerous medical levels in the body
Anxiety, blood pressure, blood sugar, cortisol, need to cough, panic attack, seizure
Counter balance and position changes (sitting to standing, laying to sitting, etc.)
Push or pull forward or up incline momentum (in a wheelchair)
Forward momentum while walking or moving up stairs
Alert to sounds such as alarm, car horn, phone, siren, door bell ringing/knocking, car horn, dropped items
pulling with tug or pushing closed with nose or paw
bathroom, cabinet, dishwasher, doors, drawer, sliding door, refrigerator
Press a handicapped button - Turn on/Turn off Tasks with paw, nose or teeth.
Meals, take medication, go to sleep, wake up
Carry, Pull or Drag from/to
Retrieve items that are pointed to
Retrieve clothing, dropped items, medication, mobility items (wheelchair, cane, walker, etc.), phone, purse/wallet, remote, shoes, tissue, towel
Give to a cashier, drop in the wastebasket
Check the house (enter ahead of handler and check for intruders)
Crowd control (circling handler)
Distraction or excuse to leave uncomfortable situation
Deep pressure therapy