For People with a Physical Disability
Service dogs assist people with a physical disability by performing tasks that their partner cannot do or has trouble doing. These tasks include: picking up dropped items, retrieving objects from tables or counters, turning light switches on and off, pushing automatic door buttons, tugging doors and cabinets open, standing and bracing for stability during a transfer, barking on command for help, and getting a cordless phone in an emergency.
Assistance dogs accompany their partner wherever they go, including the workplace, school, shopping and traveling. These dogs provide a degree of independence that many people with a disability have never had before. Not having to depend on another person is a priceless gift.