MILITARY K-9 DOGS
What Should I Know About Service Dogs?
These dogs are working and should not be petted.
These dogs should NEVER be given treats by anyone who is NOT their handler.
The reason for NOT interacting with these dogs it that it could distract the dog and cause its attention to be diverted from the needs of the handler.
Service Dogs are the ONLY dogs that are allowed to accompany the handler into ALL facilities, including grocery stores and restaurants, based on the handler’s need to have the Service Dog with them.
What Are Service Dogs Trained To Do?
They are trained to do any number of specific tasks that the handler might need them to do. They are trained to be an extension of the handler to assist with the physical needs of the handler or an alert to the needs of the handler. For example, some Service Dogs are trained to open doors, turn on lights, and retrieve objects that are out of reach. Others are trained to alert the handler (or care giver) when a medical situation is happening or about to happen. You might see the dog lick the face of a handler or place a paw on the handler’s leg in the event of a panic attack in an attempt to re-orient and calm them.
What Is A Service Dog?
Service Dogs are privately-owned by someone who has a mental or physical disability. The canine is trained to do specific tasks for the handler or alert the handler/caregiver to a problem such as an impending seizure, a diabetic crisis, PTSD episode or any host of other problems.
There are various types of Service Dogs:
Guide and hearing dogs are dogs that assist with letting the handler know when objects are in the way, alert the handler when there is a call or someone at the door, retrieve objects for the handler, assist the handler with going out in public places.
Diabetic/Seizure alert dogs that alert the handler to a medical condition that is occurring or about to occur, carry information and/or medication for the handler in case of an emergency and give the handler the ability to go out in public.
Physical assistance Service Dogs assist the handler by getting objects, stabilizing the handler as they get up or move from place to place and assist when the handler is out in public places.
PTSD Service Dogs assist the handlers with situations of high stress. PTSD Service Dogs are trained to do a task to redirect the handler and help the handler remain calm and enable them to work through stressful situations. PTSD dogs assist the handler in public places.