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Service Dogs for MS Patients

July 29, 2015

Service dogs are trained to assist those living with disabilities in a variety of situations. These dogs complete duties that range from indicating those with hearing loss about various alerts and sounds to balance dogs, which help people get up and down from chairs and beds.

These dogs are protected with the right to be anywhere you are able to be thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service dogs can do endless amounts of things for those in need, it is truly fascinating how much the well-respected pet and companion can do for your benefit and aid.

When it comes to those with MS, these special dogs can do a number of things like even sensing when fatigue kicks in, encouraging the patients to rest by nudging them towards chairs and walls. They can also help by bracing people as they get up and down from chairs and beds and help them move from room to room throughout a house. They have the ability to even open doors by using special devices, turn on and off lights, push elevator buttons and pick up items that may have been dropped like a telephone or something of equal size.

These accommodating pets wear things such as special balance harnesses, carry backpacks with supplies and act discretely in public places in order for them to complete all of their duties in the most efficient manner.

Before obtaining a balance dog you must consider a few things such as if the dog would actually advantageous for you, given the condition of your disability. If you or someone else would be able to care and work with your dog must also be put into consideration.

After giving these important things a thought, there are a few different ways you can go about getting a balance dog. You could either train the dog on your own, hire a professional dog trainer to assist you with training (this would also be a bit more costly) or you could always purchase a dog that has already been trained to be a service dog. In a case like this where you would be buying from an assistance dog organization, make sure you are properly researching the place in which you will be buying your dog from.

The types of dogs that are most commonly made to be good balance dogs would be breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes.

The most important thing to remember about service dogs and if you were to get one, is that you most definitely must be willing to enjoy and appreciate their loyalty and companionship.

Service Dogs for MS Patients - Wed July 29, 2015 2:22 PM