PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG

These dogs are primarily for people with mental illness. They usually support people with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Night terror interruption
  • Grounding
  • Behaviour interruption
  • Block and cover
  • Deep pressure therapy
  • Assistance during dissociative episodes
  • Increased public security
  • Search house on command
  • Turn lights on in dark rooms

“CARER” SUPPORT DOGS

These dogs support both the carer and the client. Most commonly used for people with autism, developmental delays, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and cerebral palsy.

  • Tethering
  • Tracking
  • Behaviour interruption
  • Grounding
  • Respite for carer
  • Alert carer in an emergency
  • Assist during meltdowns and episodes

MOBILITY DOGS

These dogs help people with a disability that affects their physical ability to do tasks. Disabilities such as spinal cord injury, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease.

  • Carry items
  • Pull wheelchair
  • Open/close doors and drawers
  • Assist with dressing and undressing
  • Pack and unpack the washing machine and dryer
  • Put items on the shop counter
  • Carry items in a dog backpack
  • Retrieve medicine
  • Brace handler going up and down stairs
  • Get help in an emergency
  • Pick up dropped objects
  • Turn lights on and off

HEARING DOG

These dogs are for people with impaired hearing.

  • Alert handler to alarms, car horns, children calling out, phones etc
  • Retrieve handler on command from family member or carer
  • Carry messages to and from handler
  • Take handler to the source of the noise

MEDICAL DOG

These dogs help someone who has a medical issue that affects their day to day activities. Medical conditions such as diabetes, seizures, hypo glycaemia and severe allergies (most commonly peanuts).

  • Alert to on coming blood sugar changes
  • Get help in an emergency
  • Alert to allergens in the environment