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Types of Service Dogs and How They May Help Your Senior

People with impairments, ranging from autism to muscular dystrophy, rely heavily on service dogs. These adoring animals assist their owners with daily activities, and some are particularly trained for persons suffering with diabetes, epilepsy, or PTSD. Service dogs not only perform a vital practical role in their partners' life, but they also become loyal pals.

Sometimes seniors will need service dogs but also professional elder care that can help them live independently for much longer. They may need you, elder care professionals, and service animals to live a full life where they can still do the activities they love. What you may not know is there are different types of service dogs to choose from and breeds that may be better choices for your senior loved one.

What Exactly Is a Service Dog?

Service dogs are professionally trained to do certain activities for individuals with impairments, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These impairments might be physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or mental.

Service dogs have complete public access, so they may go to areas where other animals are not permitted. Restaurants, libraries, and public transit are all examples of this. There is no commonly recognized list of service dog breeds, however we will go through some of the most frequent later in this article.

Which Breeds Are Right for Your Senior?

Most of you love dogs but believe it or not, some dogs do not make good service dogs. Every dog has a good sense of smell and personality, but it takes a lot more than that to be a good service dog. Each dog with the perfect set of qualifications often goes through extensive training before they get placed with the right senior. You can’t go to an ordinary shelter to find a service dog. You have to apply, and one is provided to you when they are trained to deal with the struggles seniors face. So, what makes a good service dog?

Wants to Work for Owners
Not all dogs want to work, in fact, some dogs are lazy. Your dog should be happy to work and be on service duty when it’s time to put his vest on. Not all dogs are like this.

They Should Remain Calm
Some dogs tend to be more hyper than others, and this trait can be bad for a service dog. Finding a calming presence to be around your senior loved one is crucial.

Service Dogs Must Be Intelligent
You know that all dogs are smart, but it takes a very intelligent dog to become trained as a service dog. Some breeds are smarter than others.

They Must Be Friendly
Even when a service dog is on duty, they may get a lot of attention, so they need to be friendly in public. Having a dog who gets riled up or aggressive will not make a good service dog for your loved one.

Types of Dog Breed That Make Good Service Dogs

  • Labradors
  • Golden Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Poodles
  • Boxers
  • Great Danes
  • Bernese Mountain Dog

How Can Elder Care Help?

A service animal may assist your senior in some aspects of their lives, but they may need more assistance than one can provide. Elder care may be the solution you are looking for when you can't be there for your parent. Help with mobility, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation and more are just a few of the many benefits of elder care. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Jacksonville, FL, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (904) 342-6040