Service Dogs assist people with disabilities other than vision or hearing impairment. With special training these dogs can help mitigate many different types of disabilities. They can be trained to work with people who use power or manual wheelchairs, have balance issues, have various types of autism, need seizure alert or response, need to be alerted to other medical issues like low blood sugar, or have PTSD. These specially trained dogs can help by retrieving objects that are out of the person’s reach, opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, barking to indicate that help is needed, finding another person and leading the person to the handler, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing balance and counterbalance, and many other individual tasks as needed by a person with a disability. Our service dogs are identified by the K9 Navigator service dog vest and a valid ID.
An increasing number of veterans with PTSD and other life-altering disabilities are discovering that having a dog by their side can help control their symptoms, allowing them to function in everyday life. Service dogs may be trained to ease the symptoms of PTSD. For example, dogs may be trained to walk beside a person to help that person feel secure that someone has their back, or a dog may be trained nudge a persons hand when that person shows symptoms of PTSD-like anxiety, depression or troubled sleep.