Gain an appreciation for assistance dogs with me

Did you know today is Assistance Dog Day?

Neither did I until recently. But, the more you know, right?

Assistance Dog Day is a day to raise awareness for assistance dogs and all they do for their human companions. When it comes to these furry animals, they truly deserve to be appreciated because they help out in ways that only dogs can. Certain animals have many positive effects on humans, and dogs are one of these types of animals.

Assistance dog

That said, you may be wondering what types of service dogs exist. Well, according to dogster, there are at least 10 different types of service dogs, which are listed below:

  1. Guide dogs – these are the dogs you see walking with visually impaired folks, helping them get around.Guide dog
  2. Hearing dogs – these are dogs that help people with hearing problems by alerting them of what is happening around them.
  3. Mobility assistance dogs – these dogs help people who have trouble walking and getting around.
  4. Diabetic alert dogs – if you did not already know, dogs have special senses for certain things, and one of these things that this type of alert dog can detect is a change in blood sugar.
  5. Seizure alert dogs – these service dogs actually can help detect seizures and help their human companions get in the right position to best combat them.
  6. Seizure response dogs – these assistance dogs are trained to give people having a seizure the proper attention and items they need.
  7. Psychiatric service dogs – these are more mental support dogs than anything, as they help people who are going through PTSD, depression or anxiety.
  8. Autism support dogs – for some people with autism, dog-to-human interaction is vitally important to them.
  9. FASD service dogs – these dogs help with children who have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  10. Allergy detection dogs – these dogs are trained to actually sniff out foods that their human companions are allergic to if they are present in a food they are about to consume.

Each of these 10 types of service dogs are trained to help someone in a different way, and there are so many important things that only they have the ability to do.

Of course, when it comes to training a service dog, there are certain personality traits that they should have, as it helps immensely in not only their training, but also when it comes to their ability to support someone.

Finally, with assistance dogs, there are certain breeds that are best known for their ability as a service dog, and these 10 best breeds are: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Boxers, Great Danes, Border Collies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Pomeranians and Portuguese Water Dogs.

Border Collie

Now that you know a little more about assistance dogs and the fact that they have their own day to be honored, make sure you show your appreciation for them the next time you see one. You never know what someone is going through and how immensely their dog may be helping them.

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