Service dogs are selected, trained and tested to perform specific tasks that mitigate a person’s disability. Service dogs are working animals. They are not pets. A service dog increases a person’s independence, safety, and improves the quality of life for people with disabilities.
A well-trained service dog can help people with:
- mobility issues such as arthritis, spinal injuries, MS, parkinson’s disease or stroke
- medical problems such as seizures, chronic vertigo and diabetes
- patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression who have task specific needs.
To be eligible for a service dog, you must have a qualifying disability with a written recommendation for a service dog by your treating physician or mental health professional.