Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week

Posted On: 08-06-2018

America’s Family Pet Expo was happy to bring Guide Dogs of America to the Expo this past year, and since it’s International Assistance Dog Week, want to recognize all of the hardworking, faithful dogs who help ease the lives of people with limitations every day.  These dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical and mental disabilities by being a guide, an assistant, and a friend.

We hope you learned a lot about guide dogs at the Demonstrations that were part of the Expo in April, but want to expand on this to highlight the different types of assistance dogs and what they do.   According to Assistancedogweek.org, these are the different types of assistance dogs and their functions:

Guide Dogs – Assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators and stairways.

Service Dogs – Assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household chores, such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer.

Hearing Alert Dogs – Alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door or smoke, fire and clock alarms.

Seizure Alert/Seizure Response Dogs – Alert or respond to medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress and seizures.

Medical Alert/Medical Response Dogs – Alert to oncoming medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, and post traumatic stress disorder.

Don’t these dogs do amazing work! Take some time this week to celebrate what these dogs do and how the better the lives of their handlers!