Service Dog Tasks

SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE DOG TASKS

Service dogs are medicine and as such have unlimited access.  Here are some “truths” about Service or Assistance Dogs. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual” and therefore allows handlers of all types of service dogs the same rights and protections afforded to those with other types of medical equipment.Service dog can be of any size, breed or sex or intact or neutered.   http://www.jjslist.com/blog/service-dogs-pets-pests-or-medical-equipment

Service dogs can be trained by an organization, an individual dog trainer or by the service dog owner.  Service dogs have the full rights of access of any human being into any public place anywhere and at any time.  All Service dogs are trained to perform at least one of the following tasks that mitigates a physical, mental or emotional medical condition, such as:

  • Bring portable phone to any room in house
  • Bring in groceries – up to ten canvas bags
  • Unload suitable grocery items from canvas sacks
  • Fetch a beverage from a refrigerator or cupboard
  • Fetch food bowl(s)
  • Pick up dropped items like coins, keys etc., in any location
  • Bring clothes, shoes, or slippers laid out to assist with dressing
  • Unload towels, other items from dryer
  • Retrieve purse from hall, desk, dresser or back of van
  • Assist to tidy house or yard – pickup, carry, deposit designated items
  • Fetch basket with medication and/or beverage from cupboard
  • Seek & find teamwork – direct the dog with hand signals, vocal cues to: retrieve an unfamiliar object out of partner’s reach locate TV remote control select one of several VCR tapes atop TV cabinet, other surfaces
  • Remove VCR tape from machine after eject button pushed
  • Use target stick to retrieve an indicated item off shelves in stores retrieve one pair of shoes from a dozen in closet
  • Use laser pointer to target an item to be retrieved
  • Drag Cane from its customary location to another room
  • Pick up and return cane if falls off back of wheelchair
  • Pickup or fetch Canadian crutches from customary location
  • Drag walker back to partner
  • Fetch wheelchair when out of reach
  • Move bucket from one location to another, indoors & outdoors
  • Lug a basket of items around the house
  • Transport items downstairs or upstairs to a specific location
  • Carry item(s) from the partner to a care-giver or family member in another room
  • Send the dog to obtain food or other item from a care-giver and return with it.
  • Dog carries a prearranged object to care-giver as a signal help is needed
  • Carry items following a partner using a walker, other mobility aids
  • Pay for purchases at high counters
  • Transfer merchandise in bag from a clerk to a wheelchair user’s lap
  • Carry mail or newspaper into the house
  • Put trash, junk mail into a wastebasket or garbage can
  • Deposit empty soda pop can or plastic bottle into recycling bin
  • Assist partner to load clothing into top loading washing machine
  • Dirty food bowl [dog’s] – put into kitchen sink
  • Put silverware, non breakable dishes, plastic glasses in sink
  • Deliver items to “closet” [use a floor marker to indicate drop location]
  • Deposit dog toys into designated container
  • Put prescription bag, mail, other items on counter top
  • Open cupboard doors with attached strap
  • Open drawers via strap
  • Open refrigerator door with a strap or suction cup device
  • Open interior doors via a strap with device to turn knob
  • Answer doorbell and open front door with strap attached to lever handle
  • Open or close sliding glass door with a strap or other tug devices
  • Shut restroom door that opens outward via a leash tied to doorknob
  • Close stall door that opens outward in restroom by delivering end of the leash to partner
  • Shut interior home, office doors that open outward
  • Shut motel room exterior door that opens inward
  • Assist to remove shoes, slippers, sandals
  • Tug socks off without biting down on foot
  • Remove slacks, sweater, coat
  • Drag heavy coat, other items to closet
  • Drag laundry basket through house with a strap
  • Drag bedding to the washing machine
  • Wrestle duffle bag or other objects from the van into the house
  • Pull a drapery cord to open or close drapes
  • Assist to close motel room drapes by tugging on edge near bottom of drape, backing up
  • Operate rope device that lifts blanket and sheet or re-covers disabled person when he or she becomes too hot or cold.
  • Alternatively, take edge of a blanket and move backwards, tugging to remove it or assist someone to pull the blanket up to their chin if cold
  • Cupboard door or drawers – nudge shut
  • Dryer door – hard nudge
  • Stove drawer – push it shut
  • Dishwasher door – put muzzle under open door, flip to shut
  • Refrigerator & freezer door – close with nudge
  • Call 911 on K-9 rescue phone – push the button
  • Operate button or push plate on electric commercial doors
  • Turn on light switches
  • Push floor pedal device to turn on lamp
  • Turn on metal based lamps with touch-lamp device installed – nudge base
  • Assist wheelchair user to regain sitting position if slumped over
  • Help put paralyzed arm back onto the armrest of wheelchair
  • Return paralyzed foot to the foot board of a wheelchair if it is dislodged
  • Cupboard door – shut it with one paw
  • Dryer door – shut it with one paw
  • Refrigerator & freezer door – one forepaw or both
  • Call 911 on K-9 rescue phone – hit button with one paw
  • Operate light switch on wall – jump up, paw the switch
  • Depress floor pedal device to turn on appliance(s) or lamp
  • Jump up to paw elevator button [steady dog if he tries it on slippery tile floor]
  • Operate push plate on electric commercial doors
  • Close heavy front door, other doors – jump up, use both forepaws