How are dogs trained for disabled?

Angela Martinez, Writer

“They’ve been bred to pick up, to serve, for thousands of years. Seeing-eye dogs, which are usually shepherds, are herding dogs. They’re more ‘tell’ dogs. They take charge,” said Lu Picard, the chief executive of East Coast Assistance Dogs in a New York Times article.

 

For what has seemed like a long time, service dogs have been making an impact on people’s everyday life. Each is a companion who helps you when no one else can.

 

Not only are they used for comfort and support to those who need special help, but they can also be trained to do specific tasks.

 

Service dogs help those  who struggle from anxiety, disabilities, disorders, mental disability etc. and need help doing tasks that an average person could easily do.

 

Miss Pappalardo, who was interviewed in The New York Times, struggles in unclenching her hands; yet her service dogs had been taught how to get things out of her wheelchair and place them directly into her hand.

 

Everyone thinks it’s easy to just get a service dog or to train a dog to become one.

 

On average a service dog costs $15,000 up to even $50,0000. The cost would also depend on the breed of the dog and training it would undergo.

 

Golden retrievers and labradors are the dogs you typically see with a person who has a service dog due to the fact that they can learn faster and could adapt to many situations that could happen.

 

Typically it takes about 18-24 months to fully train a service dog. Some are even trained since puppyhood. Yet, if a person needs one specific task, the training could take less.

 

The owner of the service dogs who will receive the dog also has to go to training too. They must know how to control the dog and also build a bond with the dog.

 

A lot of people don’t realize the huge change a service dog can make on those whose lives aren’t as easy as everyone else’s. Service dogs help those who can’t help themselves.